Close Encounters With Music



From Bach to Bachianas: Songs Without Words


This recording is about song — a cornucopia of exquisite jewels from a multitude of cultures: Spanish, Italian, German, Brazilian, Cuban, Jewish, Russian, Romanian-Gypsy, and the American heartland. Like the miniaturized trees of bonsai, it is a universe in a nutshell, reduction to the very essentials. Arranged by cellist Yehuda Hanani and guitarist Eliot Fisk, the songs have a sense of adventure and rediscovery that accompanies such work and offer listeners a way to experience this music in new and wonderful ways. Both Hanani and Fisk are internationally known artists, performing worldwide across the globe. This entire recording is suffused with their deep friendship and shared artistic legacy.

From Bach to Bachianas: Songs Without Words
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World Premiere Recordings of this
Extraordinary Composer's Music
for Cello
Jorge Martin, composer
Arti Dixson, percussion
Yehuda Hanani, cello
Walter Ponce, piano
William Schimmel, accordian

These five works for cello by noted Cuban-American composer Jorge Martín were written between 1997 and 2010 — most of them having some association with his vocal music. Martín studied at Yale and Columbia University and has received awards and grants from a number of prestigious institutions including the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Cintas Foundation, among others. Cellist Yehuda Hanani has performed with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra and is a guest at many international festivals. His pioneering recording of the monumental Alkan Cello Sonata received a Grand Prix du Disque nomination. A soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and teacher, Mr. Hanani also has a weekly broadcast called Classical Music According to Yehuda..

Jorge Martin: World Premier Recordings of this Extraordinary Composer's Music for Cello

Sonata for Cello and Piano: Four Noble Truths
Three Nocturnes
Ropa Vieja
Hollywood Variations



SCHOENFIELD: Refractions
6 British Folk Songs / Peccadilloes
James Tocco, piano
Hanani, Yehuda, cello
Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
Paul Schoenfield, piano

Paul Schoenfield’s music attracts listeners with its combination of exuberance and seriousness, familiarity and originality, lightness and depth, often with sly twists. Six British Folk Songs was written in 1985 as a tribute to the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Each of the six Peccadilloes is based on a particular ‘bad taste’ motif, which the composer invites us to enjoy with ‘the same sort of guilt and pleasure that accompany one while eating a large chocolate sundae’. Refractions, a wonderful addition to the chamber repertoire, is based on music from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Schoenfield: Refractions 6 British Folk Songs / Peccadilloes


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6 British Folk Songs

1. No. 1. Jack Tar 00:02:20
2. No. 2. The Basket of Eggs 00:02:40
3. No. 3. The Gypsy Laddie 00:03:17
4. No. 4. The Parting Kiss 00:03:53
5. No. 5. The Lousy Tailor 00:04:49
6. No. 6. A Dream of Napoleon 00:05:12


7. I. Allemande 00:02:21
8. II. Fughetta 00:01:12
9. III. Rag 00:02:55
10. IV. Waltz 00:02:18
11. V. Shuffle 00:03:57
12. VI. Boogie 00:03:27


13. I. Toccata 00:05:43
14. II. March 00:06:08
15. III. Intermezzo 00:07:10
16. IV. Tarantella 00:05:04

Total Playing Time: 01:02:26

PERRY: Jamestown Concerto /
SCHUMAN: A Song of Orpheus /
THOMSON: Cello Concerto (Hanani)
Hanani, Yehuda, cello
Ireland RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Eddins, William, Conductor

This recording presents three important yet infrequently heard American cello works. It is the first modern recording of William Schuman’s A Song of Orpheus; the Virgil Thomson Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in its original full orchestration has not been recorded since the 1950s; and William Perry’s Jamestown Concerto

Perry: Jamestown Concerto/Schuman: A Song of Orpheus/Thomson: Cello Concerto

is receiving its world première recording. All three composers worked extensively in art song, opera or musical theatre, and their concertos, while technically demanding, emphasize the lyric qualities of the cello, the instrument that most closely identifies with the human voice. The music is distinctly American, optimistic and outgoing, while intentionally touching on the roots of the American experience.

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Perry, William
Jamestown Concerto

1. I. London 1606. The Virginia Company 00:04:12
2. II. Settlements Along the River 00:04:56
3. III. The Long Winters 00:04:40
4. IV. Pocahontas in London 00:05:45
5. V. Jamestown: Four Hundred Years On 00:05:07

Shakespeare, William
Henry VII, Act 3: Orpheus with his Lute Made Trees

Alexander, Jane, narrator

6. Henry VII, Act 3: Orpheus with his Lute Made Trees 00:00:52

Schuman, William
A Song of Orpheus

7. A Song of Orpheus 00:23:04

Thomson, Virgil
Cello Concerto

8. I. Rider on the Plains 00:07:59
9. II. Variations on a Southern Hymn 00:09:09
10. III. Children's Games 00:06:25

Total Playing Time: 01:12:09

Complete Music for Cello and Piano

Yehuda Hanani, celloBeethoven - Complete Music for Cello and Piano
Walter Ponce, piano

Disk 1 
Sonata No. I In F Major, Op 5, No. I 
1. I. Adagio sostenuto; Allegro 
2. II. Rondo: Allegro vivace 
Sonata No. 2 In G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2 
3. I. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo; Allegro molto più tosto presto 

4. II. Rondo: Allegro 
Sonata No.3 In A Major, Op.69 
5. I. Allegro ma non canto 
6. II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
7. III. Adagio cantabile: Allegro vivace 
Disk 2 
Sonata No. 4 In C Major, Op. 102, No. I 
1. I. Andante; Allegro vivace 
2. II. Adagio; Allegro vivace 
Sonata No. 5 In D Major, Or 102, No. 2 
3. I. Allegro con brio 
4. II. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto 
5. III. Allegro fugato
6. Twelve Variations on a Theme from Handel's Oratorio "Judas Maccabaus" WoO45 
7. Twelve Variations on the Theme "Ein Madchen oder Weibchen" from Mozart's Opera "The Magic Flute" Op. 66
8. Seven Variations on the Theme "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fühlen" from Mozart's Opera "The Magic Flute" 

Beethoven, Complete Music for Cello and Piano; $24.00

Dazzle and Nostalgia
Cello Favorites

Dazzle and Nostalgia, Cello FavoritesYehuda Hanani, cello
Michele Levin, piano

1. Song Without Words, Op. 109 - Mendelssohn
2. Serenade - Schubert
3. Rondo - Weber
4-9. Suite Populaire Espagnole - de Falla
10. Vocalise - Rachmaninoff
11. Nocturne, Op. 19, No. 4 - Tchaikovsky
12. Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6 - Tchaikovsky
13. Sicilienne, Op. 78 - Fauré
The Swan - Saint-Saëns
15-19. Variations on a Theme from Rossini's Moses - Paganini
    ( Variation 1 )
20. Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 - Chopin
Liebesleid - Kreisler
22. Schön Rosmarin - Kreisler
23. Czardas - Monti

Dazzle and Nostalgia $15.00


Schubert/Schumann for Cello and PianoYehuda Hanani, cello
Michele Levin, piano

1. Franz Schubert, Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 "Arpeggione"
2. Franz Schubert, Sonatina in D Major, Op. 137, No. 1, D. 384
3. Robert Schumann, Stücke im Volkston, in A Minor Op. 102
4. Robert Schumann, Fantasie Stücke 

Schubert/Schumann $15.00


J.S. Bach -- Six Suites for Cello Solo
Double CD

Six Suites for Cello SoloYehuda Hanani, cello

Disc One:
Suite No. 1 in G major
Suite No. 4 in E flat major
Suite No. 5 in C minor

Disc Two:
Suite No. 3 in C major
Suite No. 2 in D minor
Suite No. 6 in D major

Six Suites for Cello Solo $24.00

Vivaldi -- Six Sonatas for Cello, Harpsichord, and Continuo

Vivaldi Six Sonatas for CelloYehuda Hanani, cello
Lionel Party, Harpsichord
Miho Zaitsu, Continuo

1. Sonata No. 1 in B flat major
2. Sonata No. 2 in F major
3. Sonata No. 3 in A minor
4. Sonata No. 4 in B flat minor
5. Sonata No. 5 in E minor
6. Sonata No. 6 in B flat major

Vivaldi Six Sonatas for Cello $15.00