Mischa Maisky & Lily Maisky – Adagietto

Martha Argerich, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Sascha Maisky

Deutsche Grammophon, 2018

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Adagietto – From our review:

The idea of this recording stems both from the stereotype that the cello is the instrument that more closely imitate the human voice, and from the fact that it is not as unusual as it may seem to arrange compositions for a different instrument, as many composers allowed adaptations of their own works.

As the title implies, Adagietto brings together adaptations of German, Russian, French and Norwegian works that share one evident feature: their slow pace, which is its ideal guiding thread.

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Adagietto – Performers:

Lily Maisky, piano [2–12/14]; Sascha Maisky, violin [12]; Martha Argerich, piano [13]; Janine Jansen, violin [13/14]; Julian Rachlin, viola [13/14]; Sophie Hallynck, harp [1]

Adagietto – Tracklist:

  1. Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor / Pt. 3 : 4. Adagietto (Arr. for Cello and Harp by Mischa Maisky)
  2. Bach: Concerto in D minor, BWV 974 : 2. Adagio (Arr. for Cello and Piano by Mischa Maisky)
  3. Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056 : 2. Largo (Arr. Cello Piano by Sam Franco)
  4. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 / Act 2 : “Ach ich fühl’s, es ist entschwunden” (Arr. for Cello and Piano by Mischa Maisky)
  5. Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op. 47, R. 288 / Act 2 : “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” (Arr. for Cello and Piano by George Trinkaus)
  6. Massenet: Thaïs / Act 2 : Méditation (Arr. for Violin and Piano by Martin Marsick, Adapted Cello Mischa Maisky)
  7. Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37a, TH 135 : 10. October – Autumn Song (Arr. for Cello and Piano by Joachim Stutschewsky Isco Thaler)
  8. Tchaikovsky: 6 Pieces, Op. 51, TH. 143 : 6. Valse sentimentale (Arr. for Cello and Piano by Viktor Kubatsky)
  9. Scriabin: 12 Etudes For Piano, Op. 8 : 11. Etude in B Flat Minor (Arr. for Cello and Piano by Gregor Piatigorsky)
  10. Scriabin : Romance (Arr. for Cello and Piano by Steven Isserlis)
  11. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op. 23 / Act 3 : Solveig’s Song (Arr. for Cello and Piano by Georg Goltermann)
  12. Schubert : Notturno in E Flat Major, Op. 148, D. 897

Recording locations: Belgium, Couvent de Fichermont / Musica Mundi School, 9/2017 [1 –11]; Lugano, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, 6 /2013 (live) [12]; Lucerne, KKL, 1/2008 (live) [13/14]