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Children's Cello

  • Price: 17.75 USD
  • Instrument: Cello
  • Author: Hough, Stephen, Isserlis, Steven
  • Composer: Various
  • Publisher: BIS Records
  • Product #: ISSER005

In this recital of known and unknown gems from the repertoire for aspiring cellists, Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough make full use of their consummate musicianship in carving each of the 30 tracks into beautiful miniatures. Pieces that cello students have played - and their teachers (not to mention parents) have heard - over and over again stand out as fresh as if they were composed for this occasion.

This unique disc was inspired by after-dinner serenades at Steven Isserlis’s home, where his son Gabriel would perform his current cello assignments, sometimes accompanied by Hough. (Gabriel’s contribution to the enterprise is attested to by the final section on the disc, Gabriel’s Corner, made up of works composed for him by, among others, Isserlis and Hough themselves.)

A bonus, in the form of actor Simon Callow narrating a ghost story with a twist over the sound effects of Steven Isserlis’s The Haunted House, makes the disc a truly special experience.


1 Ludwig Lebell: Berceuse Orientale
2 Sheila Nelson: Mad as a hatter
3 Alfred Earnshaw: Tarantella
4 Joachim Stutchewsky: Kinnereth
5 Joachim Stutchewsky: Wanderer's song
6 Adam Carse: A merry dance
7 Francis Purcell Warren: A Sunday evening in autumn
8 Francis Purcell Warren: Cradle Song
9 John Graves: The swans slide on the bishop's palace moat
10 William Henry: Danse Rustique
11 Luigi Boccherini: Minuet
12 Gavin Bryars: With Miriam by the River
13 Arnold Trowell: Gavotte
14 Jean Sibelius: Lulu Waltz
15 George Dyson: Melody
16 Frank Bridge: Spring Song
17 Amy Beach: Berceuse
18 Gabriel Prosper Marie: La Cinquantaine
19 Georg Goltermann: La Foi
20 Francis Poulenc: Serenade
21 Joseph Tuby: Serenade
22 Gabriel Fauré: Berceuse
23 David Popper: Gavotte, Op. 23
24 Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Song Without Words, Op. 109
25 Gaspar Cassadó: Requiebros
26 Howard Blake: Archangel's Lullaby
27 Olli Mustonen: Frogs Dancing on Water-Lilies
28 Stephen Hough: Angelic Song
29 Stephen Hough: Angelic Dance
30 Steven Isserlis: The Haunted House (narrated by Simon Callow)

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