Praised by New York Newsday for “extraordinary musicianship...forceful, sophisticated and entirely in the spirit of the music,” American cellist Brinton Averil Smith's performances have elicited rave reviews around the world, praising virtuosic performances and musical ideals rooted in the golden age of string playing.
Read all about Brinton's Castelnuovo-Tedesco CD release on the Naxos podcast blog - Podcast: Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Cello Concerto. A radiant rediscovery.
Franz Waxman’s Carmen Fantasie, long considered one of the most difficult pieces in the entirety of the violin repertoire, played here in a transcription for the cello. From a live performance in Sacramento, California, February 9th, 2018.
Los Angeles in the early 20th century, although thriving, lacked the musical and cultural traditions of the major American and European cities. However, an influx of refugees, fleeing war and persecution in Europe,
Inspired by the personality, prodigious technique and musicality of the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Cello Concerto is a work of imposing scale and virtuosity.
Sonate pour violon & piano n°1, op.13 - Romance, op.28, Fileuse, op.80 n°2 - Sicilienne, op.78 - Berceuse, op.16 - Sérénade toscane - Andante, op.75 - Clair de lune, op.46