In fond memory of our founder, Dorothy Amarandos, who passed away at the age of 94 in June 2019, Cellospeak is very pleased to offer “Amour-Rondeau”, a special commemorative 2-CD set of music played by our esteemed faculty as well as by Dorothy herself.
Disc 1 includes exquisite performances by Cellospeak faculty of cello ensemble favorites recorded at a private Memorial Musicale held for Dorothy in September, 2019, including Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Popper’s Requiem, Bruch’s Ave Maria, Shenandoah and Haydn’s Now the Day is Over, among others. It also includes a special recording specifically requested by Dorothy of Chopin’s Nocturne played by renowned pianist Thomas Pandolfi, who was a Cellospeak faculty member in 2013.
Disc 1 – click on image for larger view.
Disc 2 includes live recordings of Dorothy’s own performances on both the cello and viola da gamba spanning more than 20 years during her prime. The recordings include a performance when she was the only freshman at the Eastman School of Music on an all-Boccherini recital of graduating seniors in 1943, recordings of viola da gamba pieces performed with the Renaissance and Baroque touring group, Ars Antiqua, which she founded and directed in 1957-65, and cello recitals played while she was on the faculty at Ohio State University from 1967-69. The pieces performed by Dorothy cover an incredible range of music encompassing viola da gamba pieces written by well-known and anonymous composers from the 16th – 18th centuries, familiar cello pieces by Boccherini, Schubert, and Dvorak in the 18th and 19th centuries, and a 20th century piece by Britten.
Disc 2 -click on image for larger view.
The CD set, produced by Dorothy’s daughter Aileen on behalf of the Dorothy Amarandos Trust, has been made available to Cellospeak as a fundraiser. This is certain to be treasured by all who have been touched by Dorothy and her Cellospeak legacy.