Album

André Navarra

Prague Recordings

Catalogue Number: SU 4229-2
Published: 22nd September 2017
Genre: Orchestral
Format: 5 CD
The complete Supraphon recordings of André Navarra, 1953-1966. Johannes Brahms - Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102; Sonatas for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38*, No. 2 in F major, Op. 99*; Robert Schumann - Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 129; Ottorino Respighi - Adagio con variazioni for Cello and Orchestra; Ernest Bloch - Schelomo. Rhapsodie Hébra?que for Cello and Orchestra; Jacques Ibert - Concerto for Cello and Wind Instruments; Édouard Lalo - Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D minor; Bohuslav Martinů - Concertino for Cello, Brass, Piano and Battery, H 143; Duos for Violin and Cello No. 1, H 157, and No. 2, H 371; Sergey Prokofiev - Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 125; Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119; Zoltán Kodály - Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7; Arthur Honegger - Sonatina for Violin and Cello; Louis de Caix d'Hervelois - Suite for Cello and Piano No. 2*; Luigi Boccherini - Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in G major*; Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69*; Maurice Ravel - Piéce en forme de Habanera*.

André Navarra - cello, Josef Suk - violin, Alfred Holeček, František Maxián - piano, Czech Philharmonic / Karel Ančerl, Constantin Silvestri. Chamber Harmony / Martin Turnovský

When at the age of 15 André Navarra (1911-1988) completed his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, he ceased taking lessons and set out on his own path, honing his skills on, among other things, Ševčík's virtuoso violin etudes, which he himself arranged for the cello. He drew inspiration from the finest instrumentalists of his time. Victory in the prestigious competition in Vienna (1937) launched his international career as a soloist. Following his debut at the Prague Spring festival in May 1951, he would pay numerous visits to the city - to appear at the festival, to perform opposite the Czech Philharmonic, as well as to record for Supraphon. The present 5-CD pack is the first complete release of the 19 studio albums Navarra made for the label between 1953 and 1966, including some remarkable tracks that have not been previously issued digitally. His collaboration with Karel Ančerl and Josef Suk gave rise to the legendary recording of Brahms's Double Concerto, with the accounts of pieces by Prokofiev, Bloch, Schumann and Respighi made with the Czech Philharmonic under Ančerl being just as impressive and enthralling. In addition to Josef Suk, Navarra worked with the superlative pianists Alfred Holeček and František Maxián. The Supraphon set includes six hours of sensitively remastered recordings, which bear witness to Navarra's artistry, emotional poignancy and spontaneous musicianship; a real treat for those loving the enchanting cello timbres.

André Navarra's Supraphon recordings - for the first time in their entirety, newly remastered. Simply indispensable.

CD 1

Johannes Brahms
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102
1.
Allegro 16:40
2.
Andante 07:11
3.
Vivace non troppo 08:51
Robert Schumann
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 129
4.
Nicht zu schnell 11:45
5.
Langsam 04:08
6.
Sehr lebhaft 09:40
Ernest Bloch
7.
Schelomo. Hebrew Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra 22:15

CD 2

Ottorino Respighi
1.
Adagio con variazioni for Cello and Orchestra 10:09
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony - Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125
2.
Andante 10:35
3.
Allegro giusto 17:26
4.
Andante con moto 09:51
Bohuslav Martinů
Concertino for Cello, Brass, Piano and Battery, H. 143
5.
Allegro-Moderato-Andante-Allegro 13:33
Jacques Ibert
Concerto for Cello and Wind Instruments
6.
Pastorale 03:21
7.
Romance 04:35
8.
Gigue 04:54

CD 3

Édouard Lalo
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D minor
1.
Prélude. Lento-Allegro maestoso 11:57
2.
Intermezzo: Andantino con moto-Allegro presto-Andantino-Allegro presto 06:05
3.
Introduzione: Andante-Allegro vivace 06:37
Johannes Brahms
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
4.
Allegro non troppo 12:28
5.
Allegretto quasi menuetto 06:49
6.
Allegro 06:40
Johannes Brahms
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
7.
Allegro vivace 07:01
8.
Adagio affetuoso 07:16
9.
Allegro passionato 06:27
10.
Allegro molto 04:47

CD 4

Zoltán Kodály
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
1.
Allegro serioso, non troppo 09:03
2.
Adagio 08:51
3.
Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento. Presto 07:59
Arthur Honegger
Sonatina for Violin and Cello
4.
Allegro 04:47
5.
Andante - Doppio movimento - Tempo I. 06:01
6.
Allegro 04:18
Bohuslav Martinů
Duo for Violin and Cello No. 1, H. 157
7.
Preludium. Andante moderato 04:00
8.
Rondo. Allegro con brio 07:37
Bohuslav Martinů
Duo for Cello and Violin No. 2, H. 371
9.
Allegretto 03:05
10.
Adagio 06:05
11.
Poco allegro 03:31

CD 5

Sergei Prokofiev
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119
1.
Andante grave 11:27
2.
Moderato 04:48
3.
Allegro ma non troppo 07:52
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
4.
Allegro ma non tanto 12:36
5.
Scherzo. Allegro molto 05:51
6.
Adagio cantabile. Allegro vivace 07:22
Louis de Caix d'Hervelois
Suite for Cello and Piano No. 2
7.
Prélude 03:50
8.
Tambourin 01:18
9.
Musette 01:29
10.
Plainte 03:13
11.
Gigue 01:28
Luigi Boccherini
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in G major
12.
Largo 03:39
13.
Allegro alla militaire 03:25
14.
Minuetto 03:12
Maurice Ravel
15.
Habanera. /Pi`ece en forme de Habanera/ 02:37