Having spent nearly two decades playing solo recitals and chamber music, as well as performing alongside renowned orchestras, Marc Coppey turns to three classics of the cello repertoire. Following the album of cello concertos by Haydn and CPE Bach, audite now presents the second disc with the French cellist. Departing from home: in Schelomo, Bloch examines his cultural and religious roots; in his cello concerto, Dvorák illustrates both his old and his new native countries, whilst the forest scene Klid represents a bridge and also an atmospheric reminiscence. In all three works, the composers look from Europe to America and vice versa: Bloch's Schelomo was written immediately before his crossing to America; Dvorák composed hisRead more B minor Cello Concerto only once he had arrived there. Klid (Silent Woods) sits in between: before departing for America, Dvorák arranged this work, originally for piano duet, for cello and piano, to be played during his farewell tour. In this format, the piece became so popular that he went on to produce an additional version for cello and orchestra. Antonín Dvorák and Ernest Bloch provide clear performing instructions, but also demand a high degree of free interpretation. Marc Coppey manages to realise both of these aspects, maintaining a convincing balance and communicating intensively with the orchestra. He does not need to demonstrate his virtuosity through overly hasty tempi: instead, he follows the recommendations found in the scores. This greatly benefits the clarity, vividness and eloquence of his interpretations. The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Kirill Karabits prove congenial partners.
This is one really outstanding recording, perfect for multiple deep listening experiences. Bloch’s Schelomo comes in a very inspired, beautifully atmospheric performance, and one only can admire Marc Coppey’s attractive, lyrical sound. Another exceptional treat is Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. Breathing harmoniously together, conductor Kirill Karabits and Marc Coppey share a perfect mutual inspiration. Moreover, Kirill Karabits proves the colour magician he has always been, and thus there is a lot to discover in the orchestral accompaniment. I never heard so rich an orchestral playing in this concerto. The well-detailed, resonant recording adds to the impact of those gorgeous Bloch and Dvorak performances.
The Joy Of Discovering New and Unexpected ThingsJuly 27, 2017By L. Majors (Bartlesville, OK)See All My Reviews"I have long been aware that the Cello Concerto is consider to be one of Dvorak's masterworks. So when I saw this recommended recording in ArkivMusic's 'Weekend Specials' email, at a very fair price, I decided it was time to add it to my collection. And I am happy to report this CD does not disappoint, the Cello Concerto certainly deserves it reputation: powerful, heroic, jubilant are all adjectives that come to mind as one listens to this beautiful recording. But equally rewarding is the Bloch rhapsody, 'Schelomo' and the short Dvorak piece, entitled 'KLID' or 'Silent Woods' both beautiful and majestic in their own ways. These new (to me) and unexpected musical treasures real "put the bow" on a great recording of a Dvorak masterwork. Highly recommended."Report Abuse