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Cello Portrait / Beate Altenburg


Release Date: 06/14/2005 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 581420   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  György KurtágArtem VassilievAndré JolivetCristobal Halffter,   ... 
Performer:  Beate Altenburg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Beate Altenburg certainly makes the most of the dance element of Bach’s Sixth Cello Suite, with light, focused, rhythmic playing that has a real spring in its step. Even in the Sarabande, which can be so pulled about that you lose sight of its basic three-in-a-bar beat, her sensitive rubato is contained within a real pulse, and the Gavottes and Gigue burst with an energy which is hard to resist. There’s sensitivity, too, in the five short Kurtág pieces of Signs, Games and Messages, where the moods are instantly caught, whether in the wide-ranging lyrical line of ‘Az hit’, or the nocturnal skitterings of ‘Arnyak’. At almost 19 minutes, Halffter’s Solo is the most extended work here, and Altenburg shows complete confidence in its Read more technical demands: whether in her accuracy in double trills, articulation of fast-moving lines which encompass the whole instrument, or the way she maintains the tension of the final sul ponticello section with an acute sense of phrasing, dynamic and tonal control. After that, Vassiliev’s Alter ego seems more limited as a piece, though it does give Altenburg a forum for spinning a flexible legato melody. As does the Jolivet Suite en concert, the most lyrical music on the CD, with gestures that sometimes hark back to Bach. A well-planned programme, and an impressive solo debut.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Jelek, Op. 5b by György Kurtág
Performer:  Beate Altenburg (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961-1999; Hungary 
Venue:  New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germa 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germany (11/01/2003 - 11/03/2003) 
2.
Alter Ego by Artem Vassiliev
Performer:  Beate Altenburg (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003 
Venue:  New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germa 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germany (11/01/2003 - 11/03/2003) 
3.
Suite en concert for Cello solo by André Jolivet
Performer:  Beate Altenburg (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; France 
Venue:  New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germa 
Length: 15 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germany (11/01/2003 - 11/03/2003) 
4.
Pilinszky János - Gérard de Nerval, Op. 5b by György Kurtág
Performer:  Beate Altenburg (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Hungary 
Venue:  New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germa 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germany (11/01/2003 - 11/03/2003) 
5.
Az hit by György Kurtág
Performer:  Beate Altenburg (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
Venue:  New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germa 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germany (11/01/2003 - 11/03/2003) 
6.
Arnyak by György Kurtág
Performer:  Beate Altenburg (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; Hungary 
Venue:  New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germa 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germany (11/01/2003 - 11/03/2003) 
7.
Klagelied eines verwundeten Vogels by Cristobal Halffter
Performer:  Beate Altenburg (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Spain 
Venue:  New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germa 
Length: 18 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germany (11/01/2003 - 11/03/2003) 
8.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Beate Altenburg (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germa 
Length: 19 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: New Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germany (11/01/2003 - 11/03/2003) 

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