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Recording the Bach Cello Suites is the dream of many a cellist not least of all because this music, which is arguably still the greatest music written for the instrument, is able to be interpreted in as many ways as there are cellists thus keeping it as fresh and meaningful today as when it was written around 300 years ago. I have recorded this music, not because I feel that my interpretation is in any way relevant alongside many great recordings that already exist, but because in this day and age where recording is far more accessible than ever before, I would like to preserve for posterity the way I play these Suites now. I do hope that these recordings will bring joy to those who are brave enough to acquire yet another new interpretation of these works!

Recorded at:
Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa,
September 7 - 13, 2009
Peter Martens
Edited and Mixed:
Gerhard Roux
Mastered by:
Tim Lengfeld
Peter Martens

Track Listing
CD 1
Suite no. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
01 1:52 Prelude
02 4:07 Allemande
03 2:36 Courante
04 3:50 Sarabande
05 3:24 Menuet I - Menuet II
06 1:46 Gigue
Suite no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
07 3:29 Prelude
08 3:29 Allemande
09 2:08 Courante
10 5:00 Sarabande
11 2:56 Menuet I - Menuet II
12 2:21 Gigue
Suite no. 3 in C minor, BWV 1009
13 3:04 Prelude
14 3:43 Allemande
15 3:03 Courante
16 5:03 Sarabande
17 3:32 Bourree I - Bourree II
18 2:46 Gigue

CD 2
Suite no. 4 in E-flat minor, BWV 1011
01 4:10 Prelude
02 3:50 Allemande
03 3:26 Courante
04 4:29 Sarabande
05 5:01 Bourree I - Bourree II
06 2:23 Gigue
Suite no. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
07 5:25 Prelude
08 5:20 Allemande
09 2:17 Courante
10 4:44 Sarabande
11 3:58 Gavotte I - Gavotte II
12 2:02 Gigue
Suite no. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
13 3:47 Prelude
14 7:16 Allemande
15 3:40 Courante
16 5:11 Sarabande
17 4:06 Gavotte I - Gavotte II
18 4:26 Gigue
Bonus Track
19 1:35 El Cant delsOcells (Song of the Birds)

The Music Of
Alan Stephenson

Leon Bosch - Double Bass
Peter Martens - Cello
Cape Philharmonic Orchestra- Conducted by Allan Stephenson

Burlesque for Double Bass ans Small Orchestra (1974)
Concerto for Double Bass and Small Orchestra (2005)
Concerto for Cello and Full Orchesra (2004)

Meridian Records is thrilled to announce this set of world premiere recordings by Leon Bosch (double bass), Peter Martens (cello) and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra of music composed especially for them by themuch respected Allan Stephenson.

By Leon Bosch's own admission, this record devoted to works by Allan Stephenson is intended not just to recognize Allan's exceptional qualities and skill as a composer, but also to acknowledge the critical contribution he made in first of all identifying, and then nurturing Leon's talent whilst he was a student at the University of Cape Town. Their mutual respect and friendship led to Allan composing an eloquent and inspiring concerto for double bass for the first time, with Leon Bosch in mind as the soloist. Naturally as it was his 'first' instrument, Stephenson himself a former sub-principal 'cellist in the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, also composed a cello concerto the year before after constant pressure from his peers. The end result was a stimulating unstoppable roller-coaster experience for players and listeners alike, albeit with an oasis of melodic respite

Available from Meridian Records

Press: Winner of MTN South African Music Award 2010 in the category of Best Popular Classical Album.

Recorded at:
Fismer Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa,
September 19 - 21, 2008
Luis Magalhães & Peter Martens
Edited and Mixed:
Gerhard Roux
Solo Violin: Daniel Rowland with Stellenbosch Camerata

A. Vivaldi: Concerto No. 1 in E major,
Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring)
Piazzolla: VeranoPorteño
Vivaldi: Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “L’estate” (Summer)
Piazzolla: OtoñoPorteño
Vivaldi: Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “L’autunno” (Autumn)
Piazzolla: InviernoPorteño
Vivaldi: Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L’inverno” (Winter)
Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña

Beethoven Cello and Piano Sonatas

Recorded at: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa,
September 7 - 13, 2009
Dr Stewart Young, Peter Martens and Luis Magalhães
Edited and Mixed: Gerhard Roux
Piano tuner: W. Heuer Musikhaus
Mastered by: Tim Lengfeld
Cello: Peter Martens
Piano: Luis Magalhães
Bösendorfer 280 concert piano

CD 1
Sonata in C major Op. 102 no.1
Sonata in F major Op. 5 no. 1
Sonata in A major Op. 69
CD 2
Sonata in F major Op. 17
Sonata in G minor Op. 5 no. 2
Sonata in D major Op. 102 no. 2

While planning our approach to this recording, we decided to broaden our interpretative horizons through interaction with Beethoven specialist Dr Stewart Young, whose decades of research into his music has been ongoing and is not limited to the thorny tempo issues surrounding particularly his metronome marks. Whilst all interpretative decisions were of course our own, we benefitted from the open interaction provided by an ‘outside’ pair of ears in discussion, rehearsal and the sessions themselves. We especially placed value upon the interpretative legacy on things Beethovenian that his pupil and highly respected pianist friend Carl Czerny assembled in his extensive 1846 notes on the “Correct Performance” of all Beethoven’s keyboard works, currently available in German facsimile and English translation. (Universal Edition UE13340) Czerny had had the unique privilege of studying with the master for some years, and at 21 was soloist in the Vienna première of the ‘Emperor’ Concerto. In 1824 he felt he had to decline Beethoven’s short-notice request to contribute just its 2nd and 3rd movements in the repeat of the ‘Akademie’ at which his 9th Symphony was premièred - an invitation confirming the highest regard with which Beethoven viewed him. What would today’s performers give for a time-machine lesson from a musician with such access and experience? Fortunately, much of what he would impart is available in his published advice and, as interpreters, we have tried to take this to heart fully and thus honour his overall philosophy of service to the composer’s conceptions, through always working within his suggested tempi (about which he echoes Beethoven’s own expressed view of it as absolutely fundamental) and aiming to recreate imaginatively and as faithfully as possible the various characters he suggested. A supplementary interactive website at Two Pianists gives much more comprehensive information, and invites submissions to help hone accuracy, and allow airing of a range of viewpoints.

Dances for 6

I GrandiVioloncellisti
Works for 6 cellos
Recorded: SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) studios in Sea Point, Cape Town
Producers: Peter Martens, Allan Stephenson, Hendrik Hofmeyr
Edited and Mixed: Dave Williams
Cellists: Peter Martens, Brian Choveaux, Anmari van der Westhuizen, Marian Lewin, Barbara Kennedy, Cheryl de Havilland

Comprising six of the finest cellists in South Africa, I GrandiVioloncellisti have made this kind of repertoire their own. Working for many years with some of South Africa’s finest composers their first Cd presents an eclectic mix of new commissions and repertoire works, centring on a common theme of dance.

From the Spanish-influence Tango (Hofmeyr) to the extraordinary “Down to D” by the Ha!Man, I GrandiVioloncellisti explore all the possibilities and sumptuous textures unique to 6 cellos.

Allan Stephenson (b.1950) Souvenir de Sevillia; 4 for 6
Ronald G. Petersen (1971-2001-Three Dances for Six
HendrikHofmeyr (b.1957)-Tango (dal balletto ALICE)
Ha!Man (Francois le Roux) (b. 1966)-Down to D
Alan Solomon (b. 1938)-Antiphon & Burlesque
Traditional/Arr. Petersen-Sarie Marais

Running time 61’

Available from Cello Classics