Antonín Dvořák: Polonaise in A Major B 94
Klíd ("Silent Woods") op 68/5, B 173
Slavonic Dance op 48/3, B 83
Rondo in g minor op 94, B 171
Leoš Janáček: Pohádka ("Fairy Tale") JW VII/5
Bohuslav Martinů: Four Nocturnes, H 189
Variations on a theme by Rossini op 290
Martin Rummel, cello
Christoph Eggner, piano
Since 1996 I had mainly been recording for a small German label called ME-WE Meisterklang. In 2001 I recorded this disc for them but it had not been released when they went out of business in 2002. When I met Rainer Kahleyss, the owner of Musicaphon, in 2002 (read about the Popper study CDs if you want to know how that happened), I told him that there was this disc that I had recorded but not yet signed over to ME-WE and if he was interested in releasing it. Fortunately he was, so this happened in 2003.
The four Dvorak pieces work really well as a sonata-type group and I still do not understand why nobody seems to play those Martinu Nocturnes. The Janacek piece is one of those which every cellist knows but again nearly nobody plays in public ... I still think that a lot of Czech and Slovak music deserves more of our attention and hope that this is something that will happen in the near future. Especially Martinu is a composer who I think has a lot of works that are still not nearly being played enough.
Christoph Eggner is one of my oldest friends. We first together in 1986, lost touch a little when we both left Austria to study and live at all sorts of other places and reunited for this CD in 2001. Since then, we have frequently been working together for various recording projects and concerts. It is always a kind of "homecoming" for me to play with Christoph, even if it happens not nearly often enough nowadays. The producer of this CD, Jean-Christophe Hausmann, was still a student in Paris when we did this recording. He later went on to be product manager for the Naxos-owned Finnish Label Ondine before shifting to Stift Heiligenkreuz in 2012 where he now lives as Frater Judas Thaddäus. God moves in myterious ways ...