WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Moor: Works For Cello / Horsch, Presland, Et Al


Release Date: 05/01/2007 
Label:  Cello Classics   Catalog #: 11018   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Emanuel Moor
Performer:  Gregor HorschCarole Presland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Cello Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Low Stock: Currently 3 or fewer in stock. Usually ships in 24 hours, unless stock becomes depleted.  
On sale! $18.98
CD:  $15.99
Low Stock



Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOÓR Cello Sonatas: in G; in c. Suite for 4 Cellos Gregor Horsch (vc); Carole Presland (pn); Amsterdam Cello Qrt CELLO CLASSICS 1018 (67:32)


Emanuel Moór was born in Hungary in 1865 and died in 1931. As well as being a composer (of 123 published works, advises the booklet note, most of them written before 1914, including five operas, eight symphonies, and more than a dozen concertos), Moór was an inventor and “improver” of musical instruments. Pablo Casals thought Moór a “genius” Read more and late in his life questioned why Moór was so neglected.


One reason, for all that Moór’s music (as recorded here) is engaging and immaculately composed, is that it lacks ultimate distinction. That it is close to Brahms (and somewhat to Schumann, and occasionally César Franck) is one thing; that it sounds a little too much like Brahms (in particular) is another; that said, one senses Moór’s complete integrity and that he was writing in an idiom that suited him ideally. The two cello sonatas are sonorous and serious works. The first, in four movements, includes much eloquence and ambition; it’s a fine piece. So too is the C-Minor Sonata, which flows with dark undercurrents and consolatory themes to an impassioned finale. There’s no doubting either that Moór writes for cello and piano with mastery and confidence, and with a beauty of communication that is impressive. I’m very taken by Gregor Horsch’s playing; he is principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and brings a lovely tone, sparkling technique, and real musical values to his committed interpretations; and he is well supported by Carole Presland. Good recorded sound, too, which more or less gives equality to the two instruments.


The Suite for Four Cellos (1909) is the latest music here and shows greater individuality; how well Moór distinguishes the four entrustments and how freely the music seems composed without becoming indulgent or overly rhapsodic. This is the most interesting of these three Moór pieces, and all are well worth getting to know. The booklet includes plenty of information about Moór and his music.


FANFARE: Colin Anderson
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G major by Emanuel Moor
Performer:  Gregor Horsch (Cello), Carole Presland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C minor by Emanuel Moor
Performer:  Gregor Horsch (Cello), Carole Presland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
3.
Suite for 4 Cellos by Emanuel Moor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Cello Quartet
Period: Romantic 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In