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Milestones - 6 Cello Concertos / Peter Wispelwey, Et Al


Release Date: 09/11/2001 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 14982   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnRobert SchumannPaul HindemithAntonio Vivaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Pieter WispelweyPaolo Giacometti
Conductor:  Richard TognettiLawrence RenesJac Van Steen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium EnsembleNetherlands Wind EnsembleAustralian Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Another ear-opening recording from the Dutch musician Pieter Wispelwey and his 1710 Barak Norman cello. The two Haydn cello concertos frame a delectable rarity: an arrangement for flute, two violins, viola, cello and fortepiano — clearly for domestic use - of Haydn's Symphony No. 104, made by Salomon, the concert organizer who brought Haydn to London.

This is enormous fun. After a strange, wiry ritual of an Adagio, played by strings and fortepiano, Florilegium lead the lithe, neatly turned Allegro on to an Andante in which the pair of violins mince their way along, before handing over to the flute who mischievously varies their theme. The finale returns, magically, to its Croatian roots, as the instruments sound a distant
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Wispelwey seems to look back over Haydn's shoulder to his baroque antecedents and, in the C major Concerto, to Vivaldi in particular. Florilegium's sound is bright, astringent, the chords assertive, articulation razor-sharp. But Wispelwey himself answers with a warmth and depth of tone which really sings through the first movement. In his own wonderfully fanciful cadenza, the theme serenades in pizzicato, then flies away like thistledown.

The central movement passes with the poise and grace of a courtly dance, just as the Adagio of the D major Concerto lives in an austere, sometimes elusive elegance. The finales of both concertos are airborne: the first a-bustle with accents and eager, unruly horns, and the second leaping ahead with newly toned muscle.

-- Gramophone [7/1995]
reviewing the original release of the Haydn Concertos, Channel 7395


Pieter Wispelwey excels in this elegant reading of Schumann’s Cello Concerto. Shying away from self-indulgence, he plays with a delicate touch and sparing use of vibrato, allowing his mellifluous tone to speak for itself in the melancholy first movement. After a spacious and lyrical slow movement, Wispelwey produces dashing spiccato in the chimerical finale, and a sensitively coloured cadenza. The Australian CO and Netherlands Wind Ensemble combine under leader Richard Tognetti to give well-balanced, crisp support, the only flaw surfacing in the finale, where the cello is occasionally overshadowed in its deeper register.

Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, originally for clarinet and piano, are equally fine. Wispelwey uses gut A and D strings for this and the following works, imbuing the cello’s upper register with a deliciously brittle colour, while pianist Paolo Giacometti achieves transparent textures.

Janos Starker’s 1994 recording sets a precedent for coupling the Schumann and Hindemith Concertos, but Wispelwey opts instead for Hindemith’s rarely heard Pieces, Op. 8. The juxtaposition works well, underlining the Romantic inflections and clarity of texture of these early pieces, from the long-limbed gestures of the Phantasiestück to the angular yet lyrical chromaticism of the Scherzo: Wispelwey and Giacometti play with refinement and poise. A charming and understated reading of the wistful second of Schumann’s five Stücke im Volkston, brings to an end this beautifully conceived recording.

-- Catherine Nelson, BBC Music Magazine
reviewing the original release of the Hindemith and Schumann works, Channel 11097
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H 7b no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1761-1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Notes: Pieter Wispelwey performs his own cadenzas. 
2.
Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op. 101/H 7b no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Notes: Pieter Wispelwey performs his own cadenzas. 
3.
Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Notes: Arranged: Johann Peter Salomon 
4.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Wind Ensemble,  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
5.
Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
6.
Pieces (3) for Cello and Piano, Op. 8 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Germany 
7.
Stücke (5) im Volkston for Cello and Piano, Op. 102: no 2, Langsam by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
8.
Concerto for Violin in B flat major, RV 383: 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Wind Ensemble,  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
9.
Concerto for Cello in F major, RV 410: 1st movement, Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Wind Ensemble,  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
10.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11: 2nd movement, Andante cantabile by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Harmonium), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1871).
Composition revised: Russia (1888). 
12.
From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Harmonium), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Notes: Composition written: Bohemia (?1883 - 1884).
Composition revised: Bohemia (1893). 
13.
Rondo for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 94 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Bohemia 
14.
Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 20: no 2, At the fountain by Karl Davidoff
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USSR 
15.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Conductor:  Jac Van Steen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
16.
Concerto for Cello by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Conductor:  Jac Van Steen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Poland 
17.
Pieces (4) for Cello and Piano, Op. 56: no 3, Sad Song by Anton Arensky
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Paolo Giacometti (Harmonium)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 

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