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Saint-Saëns: Complete Works For Cello And Orchestra / Moser, Bollon, Stuttgart Radio SO


Release Date: 01/13/2009 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93222   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Johannes Moser
Conductor:  Fabrice Bollon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This delightful new release easily takes its place as the reference edition for these works, not that we're spoiled for choice in anything but the First cello concerto. Johannes Moser plays with consummate technique, gorgeous tone, and a rhythmic kick that seems tailor-made for these elegantly crafted pieces. He and his admirable colleague, conductor Fabrice Bollon, launch the First concerto with irresistible verve, and their winsome handling of the slower central episode practically defines the word "charming". They are just as successful in the hardly-less-appealing Second concerto; Moser's double-stopping at the start is immaculately in tune, his articulation in the dashing finale neat
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The Suite for Cello and Orchestra, in five brief but hugely appealing movements, lasts as long as either of the concertos and ought to be trotted out now and then in concert. Where has this music been? Try the lovely second-movement Serenade, or the delicious Romance. It's not as if there are many such works in the repertoire. The three shorter pieces make perfect encores. Ever notice how much the main theme of the Allegro appassionato resembles (rhythmically at least) the prelude to Carmen? Moser closes the disc with an orchestral arrangement of The Swan, the icing on this positively scrumptious musical cake. The sonics are perfectly balanced and as vivid as the interpretations, while the Stuttgart Orchestra sounds excellent. This is a major release, and Moser is without question an artist worth watching.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToay.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Johannes Moser (Cello)
Conductor:  Fabrice Bollon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
2. Concerto for Cello no 2 in D minor, Op. 119 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Johannes Moser (Cello)
Conductor:  Fabrice Bollon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
3. Suite for Cello and Piano, Op. 16 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Johannes Moser (Cello)
Conductor:  Fabrice Bollon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
4. Romance for Horn and Orchestra in F major, Op. 36 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Johannes Moser (Cello)
Conductor:  Fabrice Bollon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
5. Allegro appassionato for Cello and Orchestra/Piano in B minor, Op. 43 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Johannes Moser (Cello)
Conductor:  Fabrice Bollon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
6. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Johannes Moser (Cello)
Conductor:  Fabrice Bollon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 

Featured Sound Samples

Cello Concerto no 1: I. Allegro non troppo
Romance for Cello and Orchestra in F

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33: I. Allegro non troppo - II. Allegretto con moto - III. Allegro non troppo
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 119: I. Allegro moderato e maestoso - II. Andante sostenuto
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 119: III. Allegro non troppo
Suite in D minor, Op. 16: I. Prelude: Moderato assai
Suite in D minor, Op. 16: II. Sernade: Andantino
Suite in D minor, Op. 16: III. Gavotte: Allegro non troppo
Suite in D minor, Op. 16: IV. Romance: Molto adagio
Suite in D minor, Op. 16: V. Tarantelle: Presto non troppo
Romance in F major, Op. 36
Allegro appassionato in B minor, Op. 43
Carnival of the Animals (arr. for cello and orchestra): Carnival of the Animals: XIII. Le Cygne (The Swan) (arr. for cello and orchestra)

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