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Weigl: Cello Concerto & Cello Sonata / Wallfisch

Release Date: 06/07/2019 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 555189  
Composer:  Karl Weigl
Performer:  Raphael WallfischJohn YorkEdward Rushton
Conductor:  Nicholas Milton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The works for violoncello by Karl Weigl, a Viennese composer practically forgotten today, qualify as a twofold revelation. First, they offer us an opportunity once again to hear one of the musical voices that was the talk of the town in fin-de-siècle Vienna; second, the CD contains music for violoncello that in its »singability« is clearly modeled on Brahms but does not imitate him. And what is even more remarkable about this production is that its principal work – the Concerto – had never been heard at all until the present recording. In this monumental and expressive concerto Weigl sheds constantly new and impressive light on his melodic material. In contrast to the rather operatic "Love-Song," the "Wild Read more Dance" is a theatrical piece making ample use of flageolets and sul ponticello. The Moderato in A major very simply offers time for a breather before the energetic beginning is repeated and the movement concludes with a fiery and forceful Presto con fuoco. Both works were dedicated to Arturo Toscanini. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Cello in G Minor by Karl Weigl
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
Conductor:  Nicholas Milton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Austria 
Pieces (2) for Cello and Piano, Op. 33 by Karl Weigl
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello), John York (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; United States 
Sonata for Viola: II Menuetto by Karl Weigl
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello), John York (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; United States 
Sonata for Cello in G Major by Karl Weigl
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello), Edward Rushton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Terrific performances October 25, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Volume two of CPO's "Cello Concertos by Exiled Jewish Composers" features music by Karl Weigl. Given Weigl's prominence in Vienna, it's surprising he's so little-known today. Weigl was Mahler's rehearsal pianist. He co-founded a concert series with Arnold Schoenberg and Bruno Walter. He studied with Robert Fuchs and taught Wolfgang Erich Korngold. And yet he was forced to leave Austria in 1938, relocating to New York City. The move essentially derailed his career. Most of the work on this release was never performed in public -- including the cello concerto. Philosophically, Weigl meant to build on the foundations of Brahms and Wagner, rather than breaking with them like his colleagues Schoenberg and Berg. The 1934 Cello Concerto is tonal, but it waffles between G minor and B-flat major. To my ears, it had the smooth flowing textures of Edward Elgar mixed with the fluid harmonies of Bohuslav Martinu. Cellist Raphael Wallfisch delivers a terrific performance. He exploits the ambiguities of the score to full dramatic effect. The rich, sonorous sound of his cello seems appropriate this slightly (but deliberately) tonally unfocussed work. The Sonata for Cello and Piano, written in 1923, is more closely related to Brahms. Weigl's melodies exude emotion, alive with lyrical spontaneity. Wallfish's playing exudes warmth, adding to the beauty of the work. Pianist Edward Rushton is an equal partner, keeping the thick, cascading harmonies in balance with the cello's single line. The remaining works on the album were among those never publicly performed. The Two Pieces for Cello and Piano are short and sweet, as is the Menuetto for Cello and Piano. The latter Weigl arranged from the slow movement of his viola sonata. It translates well, giving the cello an opportunity to really sing. There's no sophomore slump here. Wallfisch and colleagues give us another solid entry in this series." Report Abuse
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