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Goldschmidt & Reizenstein: Cello Concertos / Wallfisch, Milton, Berlin Konzerthausorchester


Release Date: 07/06/2018 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 555109  
Composer:  Franz ReizensteinBerthold Goldschmidt
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
Conductor:  Nicholas Milton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Concert House Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In Berlin the composers Berthold Goldschmidt and Franz Reizenstein developed into products of the anti-romantic “new realism.” However, both distanced themselves from this dry objectivity and sought more powerful means of expression while avoiding the late romantic excesses that at the time continued to predominate in Germany. The surprising fact is that neither Reizenstein nor Goldschmidt felt drawn to Schonberg’s method of twelve-tone composition. In 1934 and 1935 both composers fled from Berlin to England, that is, prior to the tightening of immigration requirements. Influences from Reizenstein’s teachers Paul Hindemith and Ralph Vaughan Williams are audible in the rather harsh, expressionistic character of his concerto. Raphael Read more Wallfisch writes of this work, “Reizenstein’s Cello Concerto is a tour de force for the cellist. What is involved here is an epic and heroic statement in which lyrical and dramatic elements alternate.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello, Op. 8 by Franz Reizenstein
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
Conductor:  Nicholas Milton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Concert House Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
2.
Concerto for Cello by Berthold Goldschmidt
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
Conductor:  Nicholas Milton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Concert House Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 

Customer Reviews

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 Emotionally satisfying August 27, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This release marks the beginning of a new series from CPO. Cello Concertos from Exile features works by Jewish composers forced to flee Nazi Germany. This first release includes works by Fanz Rezeinstein and Berthold Goldschmidt, who both found refuge in the UK. It's a deeply personal project for cellist Raphael Wallfisch. As he explains in the liner notes, his parents (both musicians) survived the Holocaust and were friends with several of the composers in this series. Franz Reizenstein was a student of Paul Hindemith and Ralph Vaughan Williams. To my ears, his 1951 Cello Concerto in G strongly resembles Hindemith. In the slow movement, though, I can hear echoes of late Vaughan Williams. It's a work full of drama, and also plenty of technical challenges for the soloist. Berthold Goldschmidt's 1953 Cello Concerto is also technically challenging. Like Reizenstein, Goldschmidt rejected atonality. Still, his music comes closer to the border than Reizenstein's. This concerto has a complex, polyphonic texture with dissonances that grind against each other before resolving. The chromatic motion further obscures the tonal center (without completely erasing it). Raphael Wallfisch is emotionally invested in this project and these works. And that comes through in his performances. He brings his considerable talent to bear on these concertos, playing with passion and elan. And in the process, he makes the case for these works to enter the repertoire." Report Abuse
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