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The coherence of the program on this release by the increasingly popular British cellist Steven Isserlis may not be evident at first glance, but it's a nifty idea, and one with a weight that not so many contemporary composers can comfortably support. What Franz Liszt, Leos Janácek, Gabriel Fauré, and György Kurtág have in common is that they all influenced the last composer on the program, Thomas Adès. This gives you an idea of Adès' eclecticism, which is brought into relief when you hear the strands of music that he likes. ...

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  1. Romance oubliée, for viola (or violin, or cello) & piano, S. 132 (LW D16)
  2. Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, for violin or cello & piano, S. 382
  3. La Lugubre gondola (Die Trauer-Gondel), for cello & piano, S. 134 (LW D19/2)
  4. Pohádka (Fairy Tale), for cello & piano ("The Story of Tsar Berendyey"), JW 7/5
  5. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 117
  6. For Steven: In Memoriam Pauline Mara, for solo cello
  7. János Pilinszky: Gérard de Nerval, for cello
  8. Schatten (Shadows), for solo cello
  9. Kroó György in memoriam, for solo bassoon (or cello)
  10. Lieux retrouvés, for cello & piano
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