American Works for Cello
STEVEN HONIGBERG, CELLO American Works for Cello TROY082 - Price: $16.99
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For collectors of unusual cello repertoire.

Steven Honigberg has chosen a program of music for cello composed in the United States during the 19th century - five works in diverse forms and styles spanning the years 1932 through 1989. These are strong characterized works that have provoked deep personal response on Mr. Honigberg's part, and in several cases he has had the benefit of coaching or conferring with either the respective composer or the senior colleague for whom the music was created. Heralded as a "sterling cellist" by the Washington Post, Steven Honigberg made his New York recital debut at Weill Hall in 1984. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony and other orchestras throughout the U.S. He earned rave reviews when he and fellow cellist David Teie premiered David Ott's Concerto for Two Cellos in 1988 with the National Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich conducting. Honigberg, a member of the National Symphony since 1984, is also Artistic Director of the chamber music series at the Holocaust Museum. He graduated from the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins.
Contents:
Samuel Barber, composer
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Steven Honigberg, cello, Kathryn Brake, piano


Leonard Bernstein, composer
Three Meditations from "Mass"
Steven Honigberg, cello, Kathryn Brake, piano


David Diamond, composer
Kaddish
Steven Honigberg, cello, Kathryn Brake, piano


Lukas Foss, composer
Capriccio
Steven Honigberg, cello, Kathryn Brake, piano


Gunther Schuller, composer
Fantasy for Solo Cello, Op. 19
Steven Honigberg, cello

Review:
"Steven Honigberg, of the National Symphony Orchestra's cello section, is in brilliant form on his first solo CD, with pianist Kathryn Brake, a collection of works by American composers: the witty, folksy Capriccio of Lukas Foss, David Diamond's dramatic "kaddish," Leonard Bernstein's intense "Three Meditations From Mass," Gunther Schuller's intricate Fantasy for Solo Cello, and Samuel Barber's lush, romantic Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6. This is as varied, technically demanding, musically satisfying and well-played a cello recital recording as I have heard in years." (Washington Post)
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