Mischa Maisky / Lily Maisky

Adagietto

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AllMusic Review by James Manheim

This release from Latvian cellist Mischa Maisky, with his daughter Lily on piano and some guest stars at the end, seems to be a pleasant recital of cello music in a single tempo. For those in search of such a thing, it will serve the purpose: Maisky has a warm tone with a strong link to the old Russian school, and the two Bach arrangements are probably worth the price of admission in themselves for their glimpse into the older way of performing Bach. Really, though, there are three parts to the program. The first consists of the opening work, which gives the album its title: the Adagietto movement from Mahler's Symphony No. 5 is offered in a unique arrangement that lets Mischa Maisky play all the parts except for that of the harp. The second part consists of the bulk of the album, with conventional arrangements of familiar melodies (the Tchaikovsky Valse sentimentale is a representative example). Finally there are excerpts from chamber works by Schubert, Brahms, and Schumann in live concerts, featuring big names -- pianist Martha Argerich, violinist Janine Jansen, and violist Julian Rachlin -- as well as the cellist's son Sascha Maisky on violin. Taken strictly, these three parts do not form a really coherent whole, but that's not of great importance: the mood is consistent, and those looking for a collection of fetching slow movements will find it here.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 10:19 Amazon
Keyboard Concerto in D minor BWV 974 after Alessandro Marcello: Oboe Concerto in D minor
2 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 04:14 Amazon
Keyboard Concerto in F minor BWV 1056
3 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 04:14 Amazon
Die Zauberflöte K 620
4 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 04:24 Amazon
Samson et Dalila Op. 47
5 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 06:39 Amazon
Thaïs
6 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 05:29 Amazon
The Seasons Op. 37a
7 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 05:41 Amazon
8 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 02:55 Amazon
9 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 04:14 Amazon
10 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 02:38 Amazon
Peer Gynt Op. 23
11 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 05:42 Amazon
12 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 09:44 Amazon
Piano Quartet in E flat major Op. 47
13 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 07:46 Amazon
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor Op. 60
14 Lily Maisky / Mischa Maisky 09:45 Amazon
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