The twelve cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic find themselves increasingly
in the news for their own triumphs as a separate ensemble, which started
some years ago. The EMI release of their latest CD South American Getaway
may be expected to create a rush for copies.
The backbone of this programme is Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras
1 and 5, probably the most popular of the set of nine. Written
for celli, the richness of texture found in these two works is effortlessly
and sumptuously played, and the recorded sound matches the luxuriance.
In the second work the well-known Ária and Dança
are sung by Juliane Banse, whose stylish approach to this music fits
like a glove.
To me the unfamiliar tracks are the really unexpected delight, given
the impeccable quality of the 12 celli, both in ensemble and sudden highlights
for single instruments. Most of the music is South American and from composers
unfamiliar to the Western world. The one exception is the German Wilhelm
Kaiser-Lindemann with a flamboyant Bossa Nova.
Several of the songs, often tangos, have been recreated for this ensemble
with all the benefits of imaginative arrangers using twelve celli as a new
instrument. Astor Piazzolla, who died in 1992, was a one-time pupil of Nadia
Boulanger and is represented by two pieces and one song, all intrinsically
passionate in the inimitable way of Latins. The pathos of Chiquilín
de Bachín from Piazzolla's tango opera 'Maria de Buenos
Aires' makes it a gem [listen - track 11, 0:11-1:24].
I think it an error of judgement to have chosen Burt Bacharach's
South American Getaway as the final track. It lacks the essential
qualities of the genuine article, becoming another slab of kitsch.
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