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Cello Solos

by Georg Mertens

New magic sound spheres on solo cello, definite additions to the cello repertoire
Genre: Classical: String Quartet
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1. Cathedral Ciaconna for Cello Solo
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2. Variations On Neidhardt's Maienzeit for Cello Solo
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3. Hungarian Rhapsody, Op 68 Arranged for Cello Solo
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4. The Carnival of the Animals - "The Swan"
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5. Arabian Improvisation for Cello Solo
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6. Suite Populaire Espagnole No 2: Nana
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7. Suite Espanola No 5: Asturias (Leyenda) Arranged for Cello Solo
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8. Verano Porteno Arranged for Cello Solo
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9. Suite V for Cello Solo, Bwv 1011: IV. Sarabande
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10. Erh-hu Improvisation for Cello Solo
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11. 5 Preludes for Guitar: No 3 Arranged by for Cello Solo
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12. Tango Celloguitar for Cello Solo
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13. Thais: Meditation, Andante Religioso, Arr. for Cello Solo
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14. Tarantella, Op 23 Arr. for Cello Solo
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15. Spanish Romance for Cello Solo
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16. 14 Songs, Op 34 No 14: Vocalise Arr. for Cello Solo
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17. Collection Forster 1546: Ich Armes Maegdelein
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
New sound spheres on a single cello.

A usual idea of the cello's sound will be surprised. Listening to the Erh-Hu Improvisation sounds like a different instrument from a different world. Or the Arabian Improvisation – a new cello sound experience.
Or the Tango Celloguitar, where the guitarists’ tremolo is used - the cello is treated like a guitar without compromise! Not to forget Piazzolla’s Verano Porteno, where the cello imitates the whole harsh or totally sweet character of the Tango band.
Many tracks are new compositions or arrangements for cello solo [world first], which have not been recorded before.

Tracks including the names of the composers:
1 – Cathedral Ciaconna (Georg Mertens) [S]
2 - Variations on Neidhardt's “Maienzeit” (Georg Mertens) [S/W]
3 - Hungarian Rhapsody op 68 (David Popper)
4 - The Swan - from The Carnival of the Animals (Camille Saint-Saens) [S]
5 - Arabian Improvisation for cello solo (Georg Mertens) [W]
6 - Nana from Suite Populaire Espagnole No 2 (Manuel de Falla) [S]
7 - Asturias (Leyenda) from Suite Espanola No 5 (Isaac Albeniz arr. for cello solo by G M) [S/W]
8 - Verano Porteno (Astor Piazzolla arr. for cello solo by G M) [S/W]
9 - Sarabande from Suite V for cello solo, BWV 10011 (J.S.Bach)
10 - Erh-Hu Improvisation for cello solo (Georg Mertens) [W]
11 - Prelude No 3 from 5 Preludes for Guitar (Heitor Villa-Lobos arr. for cello solo by G M) [S/W]
12 - Tango Celloguitar for cello solo (Georg Mertens) [S/W]
13 - Meditation from the opera Thais, Andante religioso (Jules Massenet arr. for cello by G M) {S/W]
14 - Tarantella op 23 (William Squire arr. for cello solo by G M)
15 - Spanish Romance arr. for cello solo by Georg Mertens [S/W]
16 - Vocalise op 34 No 14 (Sergej Rachmaninov)
17 - Ich armes Maegdelein for cello solo (Collection Forster 1546 Arr. for cello by G M) [S]

[S] The sheet music of the composition /arrangements by Georg Mertens is available on line from the web page: georgcello.com/sheetmusic.htm

[W] World first recording

All tracks are live recordings from the concerts in the Cathedral Chamber at Jenolan Caves / NSW Australia except track 13 - 16, which are recorded at the concert in the Cathedral Cave at Wellington Caves / NSW.

FOR PROGRAM NOTES SEE BELOW

The amazing uniqueness of place and music

1997 - First cello concert at Jenolan Caves - a combined initiative by Lorraine Duffy, manager of Jenolan Caves House at the time and Georg Mertens. The Chamber has arguably the world's most pure acoustics.
1999-2009 - More than 130 cello concerts, always regularly every 3d Saturday of the month at 4pm - the world's longest series of cello concerts in history.
2006 - Studies have revealed that these caves are also the world's oldest (340 million years old). "We've shown that these caves are hundreds of millions of years older than any reported date for an open cave anywhere in the world," Dr Osborne (CSIRO).
Program in 1997: The complete 6 suites for cello solo by J.S. Bach, divided into two concerts (A & B) with 3 suites per concert.
Program (A) in 2008/9: Cello Favourites from Bach to the Romantic
(B) Cello solos written or arranged by Georg Mertens for the Cave; all pieces have not been heard (yet) on cello by anyone else in the world.
This recording features the complete program (B) and part of program (A).

The Performer

Georg Mertens was born in Aachen/Germany and completed his degrees as cello and guitar teacher at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Freiburg. For more than 30 years Mertens has been a dedicated teacher, many of his students are today professional musicians. During the last 3 years the impact of the concerts changed his direction. He reduced teaching to be able to practice daily (for the first time since his study years). Georg says he improved during these 3 years despite his age more and faster than during his studies. He also found finally time to write and transcribe music. In 2004 he purchased an Italian cello (c 1740), which is featured in the recordings (except track 9 & 17).

Program Notes for the CD
" Cello Solos " by Georg Mertens

1 – Cathedral Ciaconna (Georg Mertens)
Written in 1999 for the acoustics of the Cathedral Chamber. Opening with a series of chords, each narrow then widening enhancing the impression of the large space. The variations explore the variety of sounds in the Chamber.

2 - Variations on Neidhardt's “Maienzeit” (Georg Mertens)
Neidhardt's (1180-1240) song has only been written down in different versions from 1600 onwards. The variations are based on the 6 note scale used by Neidhardt to preserve the medieval gothic character.

3 - Hungarian Rhapsody op 68 (David Popper)
Beautiful soloistic masterpiece, displaying richness of sound and brilliance in technique. This solo version incorporates passages and fill notes of the piano part.

4 - The Swan - from The Carnival of the Animals (Camille Saint-Saens) for fingerings and bowings see:

5 - Arabian Improvisation for cello solo (Georg Mertens)
Not only the violin group including the cello and the lute/guitar have their origins in the Arabian culture.
Every time different this particular improvisation is my favourite.

6 - Nana from Suite Populaire Espagnole No 2 (Manuel de Falla) A very Spanish/Moorish Lullaby.

7 - Asturias (Leyenda) from Suite Espanola No 5 (Isaac Albeniz arr. for cello solo by G M)
Originally written for piano, this piece became the probably most famous piece "written" for Classical guitar. This complete version for cello solo is a World first transcription and recording.

8 - Verano Porteno (Astor Piazzolla arr. for cello solo by G M)
Meaning "Spring" this is a typical Piazzolla Tango with all the stark clashes and sweetest bits in between.
A World first transcription and recording.

9 - Sarabande from Suite V for cello solo, BWV 10011
One of my all time favourite movements.

10 - Erh-Hu Improvisation for cello solo (Georg Mertens)
A World First. Copied from the Chinese Erh-Hu two strings are fed between the hair and the stick of the bow (D & G string); now A and C string can be played together. In the left hand only one single finger is used gliding up and down instead of playing with all 4.
A sound experience like nothing before on cello.

11 - Prelude No 3 from 5 Preludes for Guitar (Heitor Villa-Lobos arr. for cello solo by G M)
Villa-Lobos played both: cello and guitar. Many of his pieces show a love of the typical cello sound, but used on other instruments.
World First transcription and recording.

12 - Tango Celloguitar for cello solo (Georg Mertens)
Often asked by comrades to give it a go, this composition uses a pizzicato tremolo - as used on guitar, opening another window of possible cello sounds. World First recording.

13 - Meditation from the opera 'Thais', Andante religioso (Jules Massenet arr. for cello by G M)
Famous highly Romantic melody. This solo version incorporates passages and harmony notes taken from the orchestral part. World first cello solo transcription and recording for cello solo.

14 - Tarantella op 23 (William Squire arr. for cello solo by G M)
The story of the Tarantella goes: Once you have been bitten by the Tarantula spider, you have to dance the Tarantella. Otherwise you'll die. Traditional ecstatic dance with extreme mood swings.

15 - Spanish Romance arr. for cello solo by Georg Mertens.
Famous anonymus theme for guitar, adapted for cello with an introduction.

16 - Vocalise op 34 No 14 (Sergej Rachmaninov)
Song without words ideal for cello. My favourite first piece in concerts to test the acoustics.

17 - 'Ich armes Maegdelein' ('Poor Maiden me') for cello solo (Collection Forster 1546 arr. for cello by G M)
Charming early Renaissance Song probably written by a woman lamenting the loss of her lover who had been forced to go to war and did not return.
G.M.


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