L'Homme Armé - Works for Solo Cello
The title of the well known 15th-century song L'Homme Armé means “The Armed Man”. On Dacapo's new CD release it also means that Morten Zeuthen is equipped with his faithful squire, the cello – and nothing else.
For Zeuthen, solo performance has been an important part of his whole career since his debut until today. The focus on Dacapo's new CD is Poul Ruders' virtuoso variation work L'Homme Armé, which was composed for Zeuthen's debut concert in 1976. The nine solo variations are based on the well known 15th-century song with the apt name, and among other things require the soloist to whistle and hum in the course of the performance.
The rest of Dacapo's CD is unified musically by the Siciliano rhythm, which Morten Zeuthen has used as a point of departure for a number of small commissioned works by the most prominent Danish composers of the day. We hear four living composers' versions of a modern solo Siciliano, rounded off by three solo sonatas by Hans Abrahamsen, Per Nørgård and finally Vagn Holmboe.Poul RudersBravour studies for solo cello over "L'homme armé" (1976)
1 Theme 0:35 2 Var. 1: Overture 2:02 3 Var. 2: Recitative 0:55 4 Var. 3: Serenade I 2:33 5 Var. 4: Potpourri 0:45 6 Var. 5: Etude 1:10 7 Var. 6: Intermezzo 1:40 8 Var. 7: Fantasia 1:46 9 Var. 8: Serenade II 3:14 10 Var. 9: Finale: Variation classique 2:31Karl Aage RasmussenSilhouette to a poem by Naja Marie Aidt (1995) 11 Silhouette to a poem by Naja Marie Aidt (1995) 2:35Andy PapeSiciliano sconfortevole (1999) 12 Siciliano sconfortevole (1999) 2:56Niels Rosing-SchowSiciliana (1999) 13 Siciliana (1999) 4:12Svend NielsenSiciliano, "Once upon a time" (1999) 14 Siciliano, "Once upon a time" (1999) 3:44Per NørgårdSonate breve: Sonata for solo cello no. 3 "What - is the word!" 15 I Lento 1:48 16 II Imposante 3:54 17 III Andante 1:30Hans AbrahamsenSonata for solo cello (1988-99) 18 I Hymn 2:24 19 II Storm and Still 3:07 20 III Siciliano 5:46Vagn HolmboeSonata for solo cello, opus 101 (1969) 21 I Præludio. Tempo giusto 5:13 22 II Fugare. Allegro risoluto 3:57 23 III Introduzione. Adagio - Finale. Allegro giocoso 6:11
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