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GRIEG, E.: Cello and Piano Music (Jaffe, Frolich)

Edvard Grieg - Ramon Jaffe - Andreas Frolich

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Despite Pablo Casals' love and frequent performance of the Grieg Cello Sonata, the work has long been the target for criticism (even from the composer himself) for its exceedingly frequent cyclical use of material and the triteness of the third movement. Nowadays, the sonata is used more as an intermediary teaching piece than a highlight in recital halls. Still, solid performances of the piece are still possible so long as the cellist doesn't try to make more out of the work than it is. Cellist Ramon Jaffé and pianist Andreas Frölich unfortunately fall into this trap. In a failed attempt to increase excitement, Jaffé and Frölich embark on what becomes a tempo free-for-all with both musicians changing the pace whenever they feel like it and not necessarily together and at the same time. The whole experience is rather dizzying and not at all effective. Add to that the poor, diffuse, distant sound quality that CPO captures, spotty intonation from Jaffé, and occasionally sloppy playing from Frölich, and listeners aren't given much to look forward to. The one highlight of the album is the set of Grieg's songs that Jaffé and Frölich transcribed for cello and piano. While the compositional quality of these transcriptions is pleasing, the duo's playing remains uneven and unconvincing.
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Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36 (Edvard Grieg)

1
I. Allegro agitato
Ramon Jaffe
00:11:17

Ramon Jaffe, cello - Andreas Frolich, piano

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

2
II. Andante molto tranquillo
Ramon Jaffe
00:06:32

Ramon Jaffe, cello - Andreas Frolich, piano

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

3
III. Allegro
Ramon Jaffe
00:13:07

Ramon Jaffe, cello - Andreas Frolich, piano

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

Intermezzo (Edvard Grieg)

4
Intermezzo
Ramon Jaffe
00:02:49

Ramon Jaffe, cello - Andreas Frolich, piano

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

4 Lieder, Op. 2, No. 4. Was soll ich sagen? (Ramon Jaffe)

5
4 Lieder, Op. 2: No. 4, Was soll ich sagen? (Arr. For cello and piano)
Andreas Frölich
00:03:15

Ramon Jaffe, cello - Andreas Frolich, piano

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

6 Songs, Op. 4, No. 1. Die Waise (Ramon Jaffe)

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6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 1, Die Waise (Arr. For cello and piano)
Andreas Frölich
00:03:03

Ramon Jaffe, cello - Andreas Frolich, piano

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

Romancer og Sange, Op. 18, No. 5. Poesien (Poesy) (Ramon Jaffe)

7
Romancer og. Sange, Op. 18: No. 5, Poesien [Poesy] [arr. For cello and piano]
Andreas Frölich
00:02:27

Ramon Jaffe, cello - Andreas Frolich, piano

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45 (Edvard Grieg)

8
II. Allegretto (Arr. For cello and piano)
Ramon Jaffe
00:05:58

Ramon Jaffe, cello

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

Hjertets melodier (Melodies of the Heart), Op. 5, No. 3. Jeg elsker dig [I Love but Thee] (Ramon Jaffe)

9
Hjertets melodier (Melodies of the Heart), Op. 5: No. 3. Jeg elsker dig (I Love but Thee) (arr. R. Jaffe and A. Frolich for cello and piano): Hjertets melodier (Melodies of the Heart), Op. 5: No. 3. Jeg elsker dig (I Love but Thee) (arr. for cello and pia
Andreas Frölich
00:02:34

Ramon Jaffe, cello - Andreas Frolich, piano

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

Haugtussa (the Mountain Maid), Op. 67, No. 8. Ved gjaetle-bekken [At the Brook] (Ramon Jaffe)

10
Haugtussa [the Mountain Maid], Op. 67: No. 8, Ved gjaetle-bekken [At the Brook] [arr. For cello and piano]
Andreas Frölich
00:05:58

Ramon Jaffe, cello - Andreas Frolich, piano

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

Romancer og ballader, Op. 9, No. 3. Solnedgang (Sunset) (Ramon Jaffe)

11
Romancer og ballader, Op. 9: No. 3, Solnedgang [Sunset] [arr. For cello and piano]
Andreas Frölich
00:02:52

Ramon Jaffe, cello - Andreas Frolich, piano

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

Elegiske digte, Op. 59, No. 6. Nu hviler du i jorden (Ramon Jaffe)

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Elegiske digte, Op. 59: No. 6, Nu hviler du i jorden (Your Eyes Are Closed Forever) [arr. For cello and piano] [Your Eyes Are Closed Forever]
Andreas Frölich
00:02:20

Ramon Jaffe, cello - Andreas Frolich, piano

(C) 2008 CPO (P) 2008 CPO

Album Description

Despite Pablo Casals' love and frequent performance of the Grieg Cello Sonata, the work has long been the target for criticism (even from the composer himself) for its exceedingly frequent cyclical use of material and the triteness of the third movement. Nowadays, the sonata is used more as an intermediary teaching piece than a highlight in recital halls. Still, solid performances of the piece are still possible so long as the cellist doesn't try to make more out of the work than it is. Cellist Ramon Jaffé and pianist Andreas Frölich unfortunately fall into this trap. In a failed attempt to increase excitement, Jaffé and Frölich embark on what becomes a tempo free-for-all with both musicians changing the pace whenever they feel like it and not necessarily together and at the same time. The whole experience is rather dizzying and not at all effective. Add to that the poor, diffuse, distant sound quality that CPO captures, spotty intonation from Jaffé, and occasionally sloppy playing from Frölich, and listeners aren't given much to look forward to. The one highlight of the album is the set of Grieg's songs that Jaffé and Frölich transcribed for cello and piano. While the compositional quality of these transcriptions is pleasing, the duo's playing remains uneven and unconvincing.
© TiVo

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