Cello and Piano Anyone?

Quite a few cello and piano duos have shown their faces lately, both in performance and recording, so I thought I should run over them. Not literally, of course.

Alan Shulman: Works for Cello is a CD on the Albany Records label (Troy 1187) released last May featuring cellist Wesley Baldwin. Although not a household name, Alan Shulman (1915-2002) was nonetheless a remarkable musician: composer, teacher, and cellist (for the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini). Other than the opening and concluding works on the CD, Suite for Solo Cello, and the Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (Hot Springs Festival Orchestra under Jean Reis), the works are for cello and piano with Baldwin and his colleague, pianist Kevin Class.

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On the performance front, the duo of cellist Kathleen Bowman and pianist Eva Holder have been making recital stops lately with a program entitled Celebrating the Centuries: Music by Pergolesi (1710-1736), Chopin (1810-1849), and Barber (1910-1981). Their final announced recital in the series will be on November 11, 6:00 pm, at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

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The Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus has thankfully ramped up its classical music offerings of late. They are presenting the duo of Robert DeMaine and pianist Andrew Armstrong. DeMaine has been the Principal Cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2002. [Note: As of this entry, the Detroit Symphony musicians are still on strike.] Their concert is Tuesday, November 16, 2010 in the Harold And Jean Lambert Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. (Information)

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My CD review of the duo of Wendy Warner and Irina Nuzova from a recent post can be found here.

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