Cello Music from Austria-Hungary. Samuel Magill, Cello and Beth Levin, Piano
Cellist Samuel Magill and Pianist Beth Levin are preparing to record a new CD titled "Cello and Piano Music from the Austro-Hungarian Empire". Ludwig van Beethoven, Emanuel Moór and Artur Schnabel have in common their connections with Austria. What makes this project unique is the rarity of recordings of these three works; Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata, transcribed for cello by Czerny, the premier recording of Moór's Ballade and Schnabel's Solo Cello Sonata.
I have spent a lifetime researching and performing rarely heard music for the cello. I have made several CDs -- the world premier recording of Vernon Duke's "Cello Concerto", the world premier of Franco Alfano's "Cello Sonata and Piano Trio", and in the last several years, I have been getting to know the gorgeous music of Hungarian composer Emanuel Moór. The cellist Wendy Sutter and I have performed the "Concerto for Two Cellos" and now this recording of his "Ballade" will be a world premier as well. I feel a mission to find and perform lost Romantic and 20th century repertory, which I believe should be given a fair hearing.
We will need $12,000.00 for this project. Approximately $6,000.00 will go for the recording venue, the sound engineer, and all of the editing and mastering. $4,000.00 will go to Centaur Records for physical manufacturing of the CD.
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