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The Great Cello Concertos - Dvorak, Elgar, Vivaldi, Haydn, Monn, Schumann


Release Date: 03/25/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 09442   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákSir Edward ElgarAntonio VivaldiFranz Joseph Haydn,   ... 
Performer:  Natalia GutmanRobert CohenLynn HarrellPaul Tortelier,   ... 
Conductor:  Wolfgang SawallischNorman Del MarPinchas ZukermanJörg Faerber,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraLondon Philharmonic OrchestraEnglish Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 43 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A first-class performance of the Dvorák, a superb reading of the Elgar, and a dazzling account of the Saint-Saëns are among the many treasures collected here for a remarkable price.

To begin at the beginning, as Dylan Thomas has it. Dvo?ák’s Cello Concerto is really the first such work of modern times. Laid out in three large movements it is full of the most wonderful tunes. Dvo?ák never skimped on giving us as much melody as he could. Add to that the glorious orchestration, fireworks for the soloist and the most poignant of codas. Natalia Gutman is a fine player and she has all the virtuosity required by this work, but she is equally at home in the lyrical parts. Using a subtle amount of
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Elgar’s Concerto appears in the wonderful Robert Cohen recording, made when he was only 21 years of age. Despite his youth this is a fully rounded performance, and is, like Natalie Clein’s recent recording, which I discussed a few months ago, totally different from du Pré’s reading. Cohen studied with du Pré late in her all too short life. It is good to hear this performance once again for it always was a winner and Cohen is a cellist we hear far too little of. His recent live performance, with the RPO, of Finzi’s Concerto was a sheer joy. This is great music-making.... No collection should be without this superb reading of the Elgar Concerto.

Gutman gives a restrained and moving account of Schumann’s shy and, in general, retiring -- or should it be resigned? -- Concerto, followed by a dazzling account, by Tortelier, of Saint-Saëns’s all too brief 1st Concerto. A real success this, a great performance.... The set ends with Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, which isn’t even a Concerto! It’s beautifully and warmly played by Han-Na Chang and conducted by Rostropovich. Despite the various ages of the recordings the sound is remarkably consistent and the notes are perfect for the set.

-- Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Natalia Gutman (Cello)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
2. Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Robert Cohen (Cello)
Conductor:  Norman Del Mar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
3. Concerto for Cello in G major, RV 413 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lynn Harrell (Cello)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4. Concerto for Cello in G minor, RV 417 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lynn Harrell (Cello)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5. Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H 7b no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1761-1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
6. Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op. 101/H 7b no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
7. Concerto for Cello in G minor by Mathias Georg Monn
Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Austria 
8. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Natalia Gutman (Cello)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
9. Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Han-Na Chang (Cello)
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Liverpool, England 
10. Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 

Featured Sound Samples

Cello Concerto no 1 (Haydn): I. Moderato
Cello Concerto in B minor (Dvorák): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto (Elgar): I. Adagio - Moderato

Sound Samples

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor B191 (Op. 104): I. Allegro
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor B191 (Op. 104): II. Adagio ma non troppo
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor B191 (Op. 104): III. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio - Moderato
Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Lento - Allegro molto
Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio
Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85 (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro, ma non troppo - Poco piu lento - Adagio, come prima - Allegro molto
Cello Concerto in G major RV413 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in G major RV413 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Cello Concerto in G major RV413 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro
Cello Concerto in G minor RV417 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in G minor RV417 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Andante
Cello Concerto in G minor RV417 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Hob. VIIb: 1 (cadenzas: Tortelier): I. Moderato
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Hob. VIIb: 1 (cadenzas: Tortelier): II. Adagio
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Hob. VIIb: 1 (cadenzas: Tortelier): III. Allegro molto
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Hob. VIIb: 2 (cadenzas: Tortelier): I. Allegro moderato
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Hob. VIIb: 2 (cadenzas: Tortelier): II. Adagio (Cadenza: Tortelier)
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Hob. VIIb: 2 (cadenzas: Tortelier): III. Rondo (Allegro)

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