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Dvorak, Suk: Works For Cello & Orchestra / Bruns, Et Al


Release Date: 08/01/2004 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98478   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákJosef Suk
Performer:  Peter BrunsKai Volger
Conductor:  Michael Helmrath
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Peter Bruns is an excellent cellist, and the backing of the Staatskapelle Dresden--for my money Germany's finest orchestra, the one with timbral qualities so very similar to those of the Czech Philharmonic--is an additional attraction. Happily, the result lives up to expectations. The first movement of the concerto is lively and dramatic--Bruns makes a big statement from his very first entrance and never disfigures his tone with excessive slashing and bashing when called on to play double-stops. His singing tone in the Adagio is pure loveliness; the duet between the soloist and the three French horns is exquisite. He also knows how to relax into the coda of the finale without producing an excessive feeling of stasis: his playing yields rapt Read more expectancy rather than sleepiness.

The same virtues apply to both Silent Woods and the charming Rondo in G minor, which seems never to get played outside of recordings. Suk's Elegie belongs with these three Dvorák works, offering a gentle coda to the program. Michael Helmrath and the orchestra offer perceptive support, characterful and emphatically musical but never self-regarding, and Hänssler's sonics are warm and natural. A beautiful disc, all around.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Peter Bruns (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Helmrath
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
2. From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Peter Bruns (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Helmrath
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Notes: Composition written: Bohemia (?1883 - 1884).
Composition revised: Bohemia (1893). 
3. Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Peter Bruns (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Helmrath
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Bohemia 
4. Elegy for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 23 by Josef Suk
Performer:  Kai Volger (Violin), Peter Bruns (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Helmrath
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Prague, Czech Republ 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191: I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191: II. Adagio ma non troppo
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191: III. Finale
Silent Woods, Op. 68, No. 5, B. 182: Silent Woods, Op. 68, No. 5
Rondo in G minor, Op. 94, B. 181: Rondo in G minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181
Elegie - Under the Influence of Zeyer's Vysehrad, Op. 23: Elegie, Op. 23, "Under the Impression of Zeyer's Vysehrad"

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