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Rózsa: Cello Concerto; Schurmann / Rejto, Williams, Et Al

Release Date: 12/14/1999 
Label:  Equilibrium   Catalog #: 24   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Miklós RózsaGerard Schurmann
Performer:  Peter Rejto
Conductor:  Howard Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pecs Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All of Miklos Rozsa's music is informed by the rich heritage of folk songs which permeated the soul of the young Miklos growing up on his father's estate in rural Hungary. The rhythmic dynamism and chaste purity of Magyar music pervades all Rozsa's compositions. The Concerto for Cello and Orchestra was first performed by Janos Starker in 1969. Like Gerard Schurmann's The Gardens of Exile this is a profound work; but it is still a virtuoso piece. Girded by a standard three movement structure, the concerto, although personal in tone, is still an immense, densely orchestrated work; the cello part is intricate, exacting, and rigorous - and the general pacing demanding - although there is a respite in the elegiac "Lento," and in the "misterioso" Read more which precedes the final flourishing of the main theme in the last movement. Gerard Schurmann completed The Gardens of Exile in January of 1991 and the score carries a dedication to Michael Tippett. Although not ostensibly a cello concerto, the piece has an elaborate virtuoso cello part and pursues its own exceptional agenda. The work is one continuous movement, sectional in construction, and opens with a substantial orchestral introduction that sets the scene. The solo cello, discreetly accompanied by celesta and tuned percussion, enters the environment quietly singing and proceeds to develop the main material. The music ends quietly, almost reluctantly, with a dying resolve. Cellist Peter Rejto is one of America's leading instrumental soloists. In 1991 he was the soloist with the Bournemouth Symphony, conducted by Howard Williams, in the first performance of Schurmann's The Gardens of Exile. He is currently a Professor of Cello at the Oberlin Conservatory. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Cello, Op. 32 by Miklós Rózsa
Performer:  Peter Rejto (Cello)
Conductor:  Howard Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pecs Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969 
The Gardens of Exile by Gerard Schurmann
Performer:  Peter Rejto (Cello)
Conductor:  Howard Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pecs Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 

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