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Dvorak / Alisa Weilerstein

Weilerstein,Alisa
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001976502   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alisa WeilersteinAnna Polonsky
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, described by BBC Music Magazine as “one of the most extraordinary” soloists of her generation, follows her critically acclaimed Decca debut recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with a vital new interpretation of Dvorák's Cello Concerto, coupled with some of his best- known melodies.

This Dvorák recording casts visionary light on the Czech composer’s epic concerto, connecting directly with its passionate heart. Alisa Weilerstein’s all-Dvorák program includes the haunting melody from his “New World” Symphony, popularly known as Going Home; his song Lasst mich allein, the beautiful Silent Woods and more... This album captures the essential spirit of one of the greatest of
Read more all Romantic composers, reflecting Dvorák’s deep-rooted love for his homeland.

Alisa Weilerstein joins forces with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and its Czech Music Director, Jirí Belohlávek in a terrific and deeply authentic musical partnership. This radiant performance of the Cello Concerto was recorded in Prague’s Rudolfinum, where Dvorák himself conducted the Czech Philharmonic’s inaugural concert in 1896. Other works on the album recorded in the USA – Dvorák’s adopted second homeland – include Rondo in G minor, Songs My Mother Taught Me and Slavonic Dance No. 8.

“[Weilerstein] played her parts with exquisite tone, agile fingering, graded filigree and layer upon layer of nuance, at the same time, she entwined her phrases around various instrumental solos, joining them, weaving in and over them, clinging to the orchestral fabric, yet standing distinct – as if Dvorák were sending her the still-wet-inked score, straight from his head to her heart and hands .” – Huffington Post, reviewing a concert performance of the Dvorák concerto
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
2.
Lieder (4), Op. 82/B 157: no 1, Leave me alone by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Anna Polonsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Bohemia 
3.
Goin' Home by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Anna Polonsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
4.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78: no 8 in G minor, Furiant by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Anna Polonsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
5.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Anna Polonsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
6.
Rondo for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 94 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Anna Polonsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Bohemia 
7.
From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Anna Polonsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 This is not about A. Dvorak January 31, 2014 By Peter T. (Bethesda, MD) See All My Reviews "Decca is now promoting A.W. - How does it go about it ? 1. Record Dvorak's hugely popular cello concerto. 2. Hire Czech Philharmonic Orchestra ( I cannot find they ever recorded for Decca )- they know how to play this music and 3. take attractive pictures of the performer so that the buyer has something nice to look at. As for the performance of the concerto the CPO plays gloriously here, but they and the soloist seem to be on a different vain. Rarely one hears the cello part being played with such an aggression and thetricality. Not for the Czech mind or soul. The encores - various arrangements of Dvorak's famous melodies - come out as an soothing elevator music. Finally, to emphasize that the performer is in sink with the the composer the cellist's hair , arms and shoulders are photohraphed .. "in the grounds of the Antonin Dvorak Memorial ..." ( ref. the brochure ). This is not for the first instance I really have to object to Decca's rough marketing practises. This is going too far." Report Abuse
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