Enrico Mainardi, Violoncello

Enrico Mainardi (cello), Michael Raucheisen and Günter Weißenborn (piano)

Deutsche Grammophon LPEM 19054

Analogphonic Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

  • Contents & Details

    Robert Schumann (1810-1856) :
    A - Fünf Stücke Im Volkston, Op.102
    Giovanni Battista Grazioli (1746-1828) :
    B1 - Adagio
    Maria Theresia von Paradis (!1759-1824) :
    B2 - Sizilienne
    Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) :
    B3 - Melodie
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828) :
    B4 - Ave Maria
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856) :
    B5 - Abendlied
    Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) :
    B6 - Notturno

    Recorded in 1955.

    “Belcanto on a violoncello” seems to be the most appropriate comment overheard after a concert given by the famous Italian musician. The tone quality produced on his cello is of a remarkable flexibility and warmth, almost like a beautiful voice. Yet, every single phrase is moulded to perfection. His inspired performance imparts magic to each interpretation. Enrico Mainardi was born 1897 in Milano, and studied there at the Verdi Conservatoire. At the age of 13 he appeared before the public as a soloist. Three years later his collaboration with Max Reger led to the first performance of the Regerr’s violoncello sonata Op. 116. Since then Enrico Mainardi has given solo performances in all European countries. For some years Mainardi has held a professorship at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, and regularly takes part in the annual summer courses at Salzburg and Lucerne. Together with Edwin Fischer and Georg Kuhlcnkampff he formed a trio, well known throughout Europe. When Kuhlenkampff died a few years ago, his place was taken by Wolfgang Schneiderhan. Enrico Mainardi has made a name for himself as a composer and conductor. The first German performance of his cello concerto took place at Bochum in March 1952. His importance as a soloist and a teacher is indisputable.

    The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

    This Analogphonic record was mastered from the original Deutsche Grammophon master tapes by Rainer Maillard, using pure analogue audiophile equipment, cut at Emil Berliner Studio Berlin, and pressed at Pallas GmbH in Germany.

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