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Schumann, Saint-saens, Etc: Cello Concerti / Schonwandt, Brantelid, Danish National Radio So


Release Date: 05/05/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 2130382   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyRobert Schumann
Performer:  Andreas Brantelid
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A most impressive debut and a very appealing disc.

This very promising debut disc shines some deserved publicity on a rising star of the cello. Andreas Brantelid was only 21 at the time of the recording sessions and, while he still has some maturing to do, this collection is a most auspicious start to his career.

His choice of recordings is very shrewd: we might have balked at his hubris had he chosen to play the Elgar or Dvo?ák concertos on a debut recital, but these works suit him very well. He shows a very assured technique throughout and varies his approach to the demands of each work. An over-arching lyricism seems to be the main thrust of his approach.

That is certainly true of
Read more the Rococo Variations where grace and elegance are the hallmarks of his style. The theme is presented with unaffected poise and the chamber music textures of the orchestra allow him to shine through ideally. The slower variations are most alluring, while the busier ones show off his quite remarkable passagework to great effect. It’s also worth adding that the Danish National Symphony Orchestra provide an accompaniment which is entirely appropriate throughout: virtuosic when necessary, but never overtly showy. Briefly put, the limelight is always on Brantelid, but never to the detriment of the music.

The lyrical passages of the Schumann and Saint-Saëns are also the most successful aspects. One might perhaps wish for more stridency during the first subject of the Saint-Saëns’ first movement, but the work moves at a good pace and the slow movement is very attractive. The second movement of the Schumann is equally lovely and moves to an impressive finale where Brantelid accomplishes all the leaps with aplomb.

A most impressive debut, then, and a very appealing disc for anyone who fancies the coupling.


-- Simon Thompson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Andreas Brantelid (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
2.
Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Andreas Brantelid (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
3.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Andreas Brantelid (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 

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