Jonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly - Something Borrowed

Jonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly - Something Borrowed
Styles: Chamber Music
Recording Location: The Friary, Liverpool
Genre: Classical
Recording Date: January 10, 2009 - January 11, 2009
Album: Something Borrowed
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Artist: Jonathan Aasgaard \ Ian Buckly
Duration: 01:11:37

Transcribing pieces for different instrumentation is a practice that extends far back into music history; it is sometimes met with opposition by purists. There are some transcriptions, however, that have become such a traditional part of an instrument's repertoire that it's almost hard to remember that they are, in fact, transcriptions from some other instrument. Something Borrowed, an album by cellist Jonathan Aasgaard and pianist Ian Buckle, predominantly features works such as these -- Fauré's Après un rêve, Rachmaninov's Vocalise, Chopin's C sharp minor Nocturne, and Ravel's Pièce en forme de Habanera -- works that cellists have clearly made their own. Aasgaard includes other crowd pleasers like Rimsky-Korsakov's nimble Flight of the Bumble Bee and Pablo de Sarasate's virtuosic Zigeunerweisen. Buckle throws his hat in the ring with his own transcription of 3 Songs of Roger Quilter. While the repertoire itself is completely enjoyable, there's still something lacking in this album. Aasgaard's playing is technically quite solid (apart from a few intonation blemishes), but there's little variety or excitement in his approach to his selections despite the disparate repertoire. Zigeunerweisen is played with a total lack of the fiery panache that brings people to their feet; the Habanera is very straight-laced and rigid. Safe, risk-free playing of these virtuoso show pieces quickly becomes uninteresting and it's very easy to completely tune out what's happening. With so much technical mastery of his instrument, it's a shame Aasgaard doesn't also bring a bit more musical vitality and variety to his listeners.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Miroirs
Alborada del Gracioso / Maurice RavelJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly7:31
Pièce en forme de Habanera / Maurice RavelJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly3:35
Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1 / Gabriel FauréJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly3:03
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 / Pablo de SarasateJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly9:17
Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 / Sergey RachmaninovJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly7:09
Flight of the Bumble Bee (from Tsar Saltan) / Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly1:17
The Limpid Stream, Op. 39
Adagio / Dmitry ShostakovichJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly7:35
Allegretto Grazioso / Franz SchubertJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly4:30
Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 / Roger QuilterJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly2:27
Go, lovely rose, Op. 24 No. 3 / Roger QuilterJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly2:58
Music, when soft voices die, Op. 25 No. 5 / Roger QuilterJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly1:48
King Roger: Song of Roxana / Karol SzymanowskiJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly5:30
Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. Posth. / Frédéric ChopinJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly4:49
Zapateado Spanish Dance, Op. 23 No. 2 / Pablo de SarasateJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly3:41
Freu dich sehr, O meine Seele, BWV 743
Ach was ist doch unser Leben / Johann Sebastian BachJonathan Aasgaard / Ian Buckly6:27

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