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Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Janacek: Sinfonietta / Fournier, Kubelik

Dvorak / Fournier / Vienna Phil Orch / Kubelik
Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4800955  
Composer:  Antonín DvorákPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyLeos Janácek
Performer:  Pierre Fournier
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



DVO?ÁK Cello Concerto No. 2. JANÁ?EK Sinfonietta. TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Rafael Kubelík, cond; Pierre Fournier (vc); Vienna PO DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 0955, mono (77:51)


These are good Decca mono recordings from 1954–55, and colleague Ray Tuttle mingles his own positive assessments into the expert booklet notes. The Fournier/Kubelík partnership was made Read more in heaven to play Dvo?ák, and the conductor inspires some Bohemian spirit in the Viennese players. The finale is therefore sharper than normal, even the coda. But what hits you is the commanding personality of Fournier’s cello playing. This makes most of what I’ve heard in this piece in the last two decades seem faceless.


The Sinfonietta is energetic and forthright, but it is not a bloated Heavy Metal reading. The music sounds all the more individual as a consequence. I probably liked the Tchaikovsky best of all: structurally clear, bursting with passion near the end, and unhysterical.


Recommended? Of course. Anything these outstanding musicians and technicians did in the 1950s is worth hearing.


FANFARE: Paul Ingram
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
2.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
3.
Sinfonietta by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Brno, Czech Republic 

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