Divertimento for cello solo
First performed by Boris Pergamenschikow (1948–2004), one of the great contemporary masters of the cello, it was also dedicated to him in its first tri-part version of 1994, comprising a Serenade, Scherzo and Notturno. From the very beginning, however, the composer had planned a longer cycle, in agreement with the 18th-century convention of the genre. Penderecki added another movement in 2001, also for Pergamenschikow: a Sarabande, premiered in Bad Kissingen, Germany. The great virtuoso, who had been battling cancer, did not live to perform the fifth movement the Tempo di valse of 2004. It was played at a concert dedicated to his memory, held in October 2004 in Kronberg. The six-movement version of the cycle was premiered in 2006 and subsequently published with the arrangement Serenade, Scherzo, Notturno, Sarabande, Tempo di valse and Aria.The recording presented here is based on the three-movement version, with the Serenade followed by the Scherzo and the Nocturne. The composition illustrates the meandering nature of the creative process, as the Divertimento has currently been turned into an eight-part Suite for solo cello that is being prepared for print by Schott.