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Imagination

Imagination

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Raphaela Gromes has received acclaim for her highly virtuoso, brilliant and passionately expressive cello playing. What also distinguishes this exceptional musician is her enjoyment of the musical treasure hunt. With her last Sony Classical releases, she delighted critics and audiences with world premiere recordings of pieces by Richard Strauss and Julius Klengel. Her "Offenbach" album received the Opus Klassik Award 2020. For her new album “Imagination”, Raphaela chose imaginative music, music based on stories, on fairy tales. The wide selection includes a waltz from Tchaikovsky's ballet music "Sleeping Beauty," a "Fairy Tale Narration" by Robert Schumann, the "Evening Prayer" from Humperdinck's popular fairy tale opera "Hansel and Gretel", Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" and other dreamy, magical and highly poetic pieces by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847), Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) and Franz Liszt (1811-1886). "Imagination" also presents less-known works by David Popper, Paul Juon, and rarities like "Märchenstunde" by the composer Margarete Schweikert, and "Forgotten Fairy Tales" by the New Yorker Edward McDowell.Most of the pieces are newly arranged by Raphaela's duo-partner Julian Riem for violoncello and piano, but also for piano trio and for complementary harp and saxophone quartet. Raphaela Gromes recorded the arrangements with Julian Riem and musician friends such as Daniels Dodds (violin), Arcis Saxophone Quartet and Anaïs Gaudemard (harp). Raphaela Gromes came up with the idea for this album during a hike in the spring of 2020 - when she came across a particularly enchanted place in a forest at dusk. "The sky was reflected in the pond, and the backlighting caused a magic glow to emerge around the reeds and flowers, as if elves and fairies were floating in the light above the water", Gromes says: "The "Dance of the Elves" by David Popper came into my mind. I was immediately inspired and full of energy, and when I got home, I immediately went in search of more music that would take me into the world of magic and fantasy." The album ends with "The Shire" from "Lord of the Rings" and "Leia's theme" from Star Wars are both recorded in a new cover version for cello and piano.TRACKLISTPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)1. Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, arranged for piano trio Paul Juon (1872-1940)2. Märchen (Fairy Tale), Op. 8, for cello and piano David Popper (1843-1913)3. Gnomentanz (Dance of the Gnomes), from Im Walde (In the forest), Suite Op. 50Claude Debussy (1862-1918)4. La Cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral), arranged for saxophone quartet, cello and piano Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)5. Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, arranged for piano trio Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)6. "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka, Op. 114, arranged for cello, piano and harpFanny Hensel (1805-1847)7. Zauberkreis (Magic Circle), arranged for cello and pianoLeoš Janáček (1854-1928)8. Pohádka (Fairy Tale): No. 2, for cello and pianoAnatoly Lyadov (1855-1914)9. Baba Yaga, Op. 56, arranged for saxophone quartet, cello and piano Robert Schumann (1810-1856)10. Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tale Narrations), Op. 132/3, arranged for piano trio Franz Liszt (1811-1886)11. Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes), arranged for cello and piano Margarete Schweikert (1887-1957)12. Märchenstunde (Fairy Tale Hour), arranged for cello and pianoNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)13. Flight of the Bumblebee from The Tale of Tsar Saltan, arranged for cello and harp Edward MacDowell (1860-1908)from Forgotten Fairy Tales, Op. 414. Sung Outside a Prince's Door15. Of a Tailor and a Bear, arranged for cello and piano Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)16. Abendsegen (Evening Prayer), from Hänsel und Gretel, arranged for saxophone quartet and two cellosDavid Popper17. Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves), Op. 39, for cello and pianoBonus tracksHoward Shore (*1946)18. The Shire from The Lord of the Rings, cover version for cello, piano and harpJohn Williams (*1932)19. Princess Leia's theme from Star Wars: A New Hope, cover version for cello and piano
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    • Label: Sony Masterworks SRM 5
    • UPC/Barcode: 194399138823
    • Item Number: 19439913882