Paul Tortelier: The Great EMI Recordings

Paul Tortelier

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Paul Tortelier: The Great EMI Recordings Review

by Patsy Morita

The renowned 20th century cellist Paul Tortelier recorded exclusively for EMI during most of his career. This 2010 box set includes most of these recordings by this musician, who was a student of Pablo Casals and a teacher (for a short time) of Jacqueline du Pré. In addition to being a comprehensive view of Tortelier's playing, it also covers the greatest works of the cello repertoire, from Bach's suites to Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations to Richard Strauss' Don Quixote, a piece with which Tortelier became particularly associated. There is even a suite by Tortelier himself. The recordings date from the 1940s to the 1980s, so sound quality does vary.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007
1 Paul Tortelier 02:26 Amazon
2 Paul Tortelier 04:20 Amazon
3 Paul Tortelier 02:36 Amazon
4 Paul Tortelier 03:09 Amazon
5 Paul Tortelier 01:20 Amazon
6 Paul Tortelier 02:08 Amazon
7 Paul Tortelier 02:04 Amazon
Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat, BWV 1010
8 Paul Tortelier 05:55 Amazon
9 Paul Tortelier 03:57 Amazon
10 Paul Tortelier 03:26 Amazon
11 Paul Tortelier 05:01 Amazon
12 Paul Tortelier 02:52 Amazon
13 Paul Tortelier 02:08 Amazon
14 Paul Tortelier 02:47 Amazon
Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
15 Paul Tortelier 07:43 Amazon
16 Paul Tortelier 07:10 Amazon
17 Paul Tortelier 02:15 Amazon
18 Paul Tortelier 03:16 Amazon
19 Paul Tortelier 02:15 Amazon
20 Paul Tortelier 02:20 Amazon
21 Paul Tortelier 02:36 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
1 Paul Tortelier 04:01 Amazon
2 Paul Tortelier 03:55 Amazon
3 Paul Tortelier 02:05 Amazon
4 Paul Tortelier 04:49 Amazon
5 Paul Tortelier 01:20 Amazon
6 Paul Tortelier 01:59 Amazon
7 Paul Tortelier 02:52 Amazon
Cello Suite No. 3 in C, BWV 1009
8 Paul Tortelier 03:29 Amazon
9 Paul Tortelier 03:50 Amazon
10 Paul Tortelier 03:02 Amazon
11 Paul Tortelier 05:23 Amazon
12 Paul Tortelier 01:40 Amazon
13 Paul Tortelier 02:26 Amazon
14 Paul Tortelier 03:21 Amazon
Cello Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012
15 Paul Tortelier 05:44 Amazon
16 Paul Tortelier 06:30 Amazon
17 Paul Tortelier 03:28 Amazon
18 Paul Tortelier 05:33 Amazon
19 Paul Tortelier 01:40 Amazon
20 Paul Tortelier 02:14 Amazon
21 Paul Tortelier 03:56 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cello Concerto in C, RV 400
1 Paul Tortelier 03:25 Amazon
2 Paul Tortelier 04:34 Amazon
3 Paul Tortelier 02:39 Amazon
Cello Concerto in B minor, RV 424
4 Paul Tortelier 04:08 Amazon
5 Paul Tortelier 03:23 Amazon
6 Paul Tortelier 03:42 Amazon
Cello Concerto in C minor, RV 401
7 Paul Tortelier 04:18 Amazon
8 Paul Tortelier 02:36 Amazon
9 Paul Tortelier 03:18 Amazon
Concerto in G minor for two cellos, RV 531
10 Paul Tortelier 03:40 Amazon
11 Paul Tortelier 05:50 Amazon
12 Paul Tortelier 03:32 Amazon
Concerto in C for violin and two cellos, RV 561
13 Paul Tortelier 03:57 Amazon
14 Paul Tortelier 03:44 Amazon
15 Paul Tortelier 02:47 Amazon
Cello Concerto in D, RV 230
16 Paul Tortelier 02:42 Amazon
17 Paul Tortelier 04:18 Amazon
18 Paul Tortelier 02:01 Amazon
Trio Sonata in G minor
19 Paul Tortelier 05:30 Amazon
20 Paul Tortelier 02:15 Amazon
21 Paul Tortelier 04:35 Amazon
22 Paul Tortelier 02:46 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Don Quixote
1 Paul Tortelier 05:50 Amazon
2 Paul Tortelier 00:59 Amazon
3 Paul Tortelier 01:07 Amazon
4 Paul Tortelier 02:26 Amazon
5 Paul Tortelier 01:34 Amazon
6 Paul Tortelier 08:10 Amazon
7 Paul Tortelier 01:45 Amazon
8 Paul Tortelier 03:49 Amazon
9 Paul Tortelier 01:08 Amazon
10 Paul Tortelier 01:02 Amazon
11 Paul Tortelier 01:59 Amazon
12 Paul Tortelier 01:04 Amazon
13 Paul Tortelier 04:32 Amazon
14 Paul Tortelier 05:25 Amazon
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat, Op. 107
15 Paul Tortelier 06:19 Amazon
16 Paul Tortelier 12:23 Amazon
17 Paul Tortelier 05:57 Amazon
18 Paul Tortelier 04:52 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 17

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sonata, for solo cello, Op. 8
1 Paul Tortelier 08:22 Amazon
2 Paul Tortelier 10:38 Amazon
3 Paul Tortelier 10:53 Amazon
Suite in D minor, for solo cello
4 Paul Tortelier 02:38 Amazon
5 Paul Tortelier 02:59 Amazon
6 Paul Tortelier 01:52 Amazon
7 Paul Tortelier 05:26 Amazon
8 Paul Tortelier 04:46 Amazon
9 Paul Tortelier 02:38 Amazon
Piano Trio, Op. 34
10 Paul Tortelier 03:05 Amazon
11 Paul Tortelier 03:03 Amazon
12 Paul Tortelier 02:29 Amazon
Duo, for violin and cello, Op. 49
13 Paul Tortelier 03:09 Amazon
14 Paul Tortelier 02:39 Amazon
15 Paul Tortelier 01:45 Amazon
16 Paul Tortelier 01:40 Amazon
17 Paul Tortelier 02:37 Amazon
Suite, for solo cello, Op. 76
18 Paul Tortelier 01:40 Amazon
19 Paul Tortelier 01:17 Amazon
20 Paul Tortelier 01:35 Amazon
21 Paul Tortelier 01:35 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 19

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Carnaval des Animaux
1 Paul Tortelier 02:50 Amazon
2 Paul Tortelier 03:39 Amazon
3 Paul Tortelier 02:50 Amazon
Samson et Dalila
4 Paul Tortelier 03:17 Amazon
5 Paul Tortelier 01:51 Amazon
Violin Concerto No. 3, Op. 61
6 Paul Tortelier 07:04 Amazon
7 Paul Tortelier 01:48 Amazon
8 Paul Tortelier 03:42 Amazon
9 Paul Tortelier 02:18 Amazon
10 Paul Tortelier 02:54 Amazon
11 Paul Tortelier 07:02 Amazon
12 Paul Tortelier 02:40 Amazon
13 Paul Tortelier 02:44 Amazon
14 Paul Tortelier 03:53 Amazon
15 Paul Tortelier 02:30 Amazon
16 Paul Tortelier 02:44 Amazon
17 Paul Tortelier 02:52 Amazon
18 Paul Tortelier 03:51 Amazon
19 Paul Tortelier 05:08 Amazon
20 Paul Tortelier 02:11 Amazon
21 Paul Tortelier 01:51 Amazon
Three Miniatures, for two cellos
22 Paul Tortelier 00:37 Amazon
23 Paul Tortelier 01:12 Amazon
24 Paul Tortelier 01:26 Amazon
25 Paul Tortelier 05:56 Amazon
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