Suzuki Cello CD, Volume 6
Performed by cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, this CD contains recordings of the pieces in volume 6 of the Suzuki Cello School.
This volume is full of great hits:
- The Swan from Carnival of the Animals (C. Saint-Saëns)
- Allegro from Concerto in D Major, Op. 3, No. 9 (A. Vivaldi)
- Tarantella Op. 23 (W. H. Squire)
- Rondo from Concerto No. 2 in D Major (J. B. Breval)
- Allegro from Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos, RV 531 (A. Vivaldi).
Saint-Saëns's "The Swan" is, of course, one of the best-known pieces in the solo literature for cello. Your student will learn all sorts of things about phrasing and clean shifting. The piano part is lots of fun, too. It sounds like the ripples around the beautiful bird as it swims through the water.
Vivaldi's "Allegro" from Concerto in D Major is a real memorization challenge, so you'll want your student to listen to the CD over and over (watching the piano score, whenever possible). Lots of great shifting in and out of fifth and sixth position. A great way to work on Baroque bowing and clear tone.
Tarantella is another one of my all-time favorites. It has lots of fun, gypsy-like melodies and beautiful melodic lines. You'll want to get to work first-thing on those great big runs! You'll go all the way to seventh position with a hint of thumb-position! Lots of great scale practice and bow control. Watch out for some rhythmic traps right before the re-cap!
Breval's Concerto in D Major is a lovely work, and the "Rondo" is a delightful third and final movement. You'll get LOTS of thumb position practice in this one, so hopefully you're already practicing D Major scales in thumb position. Lots of fun dynamic and stylistic contrast in the piece, so you're student is sure to grow musically while learning and performing this piece.
The "Allegro" in this book, is the first movement of Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos. Try the other two movenemts for a real treat! This one is lots of fun, but also has a lot of technical challenges. Particularly the first cello gets a good work-out, but both parts are equally exciting.
You'll love this book and possibly even shed a tear when you have to move on to the next. But stay tuned. I mean, really, stay in tune. :)