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Davidov: Cello Concertos / Tarasova, Krimetz, Polezhaev

Davidov / Tarasova / Davydov Symphony Orch
Release Date: 03/23/2010 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1066   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Karl Davidov
Performer:  Marina TarasovaAlexander Polezhaev
Conductor:  Konstantin Krimetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Davidov Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Marina Tarasova recorded a series of Russian cello concertos in the 1990s. They were issued initially on Olympia. When that label ground to a halt it was Regis and then Alto - both imprints of Musical Concepts - who reissued them and at bargain price. Those discs covered the two Kabalevskys, the Miaskovsky and the Khachaturian (with the Concerto-Rhapsody). I wonder if more had been recorded and stockpiled.

Tarasova wanted to record all the cello compositions of Karl Davidov. His compositions are roundedly romantic in the highest flown virtuosic bel canto style with echoes of Tchaikovsky and Paganini. In his concertos one can hear how Davidov was an influence on Tchaikovsky who venerated him and whose Rococo Variations are in
Read more some measure written in the shade of Davidov’s concertos. Another influence is Schumann as is evident from the first movement of the Second Concerto.

The seven miniatures for cello and piano are touching and emotional without being lachrymose, The third of the three Salonstucke is something of a fantasy piece with plentiful reserves of vitality which carry over into the flight op. 20 No. 2. That flow of golden inspiration runs in generous measure in the Berceuse. The final Romance is an epitome of the disc and of Davidov’s creative talents which stand in line of sight to the romantic works of Grieg and especially Schumann.

There are four Davidov Concertos, the Allegro de Concert for Cello and Orchestra and upwards of twenty-five other works for Cello and Piano, as well as arrangements of works by Beethoven, Schumann and others. As far as I can tell Tarasova only got as far as recording and issuing the first two Davidovs. Since then the cellist Wenn Sin-Yang has recorded all four for CPO (review; review) but while they are at premium this Alto is in the usual bargain category. I hope that Ms Tarasova completes her project as it is clear she has a healthy sense of how Davidov’s music should go.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in B minor, Op. 5 by Karl Davidov
Performer:  Marina Tarasova (Cello)
Conductor:  Konstantin Krimetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Davidov Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Russia 
2.
Concerto for Cello no 2 in A minor, Op. 14 by Karl Davidov
Performer:  Marina Tarasova (Cello)
Conductor:  Konstantin Krimetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Davidov Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Russia 
3.
Salonstücke (3), Op. 30 by Karl Davidov
Performer:  Marina Tarasova (Cello), Alexander Polezhaev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
4.
At the Fountain, Op 20 no 2 by Karl Davidov
Performer:  Marina Tarasova (Cello), Alexander Polezhaev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
5.
Berceuse, Op. 10 no 2 by Karl Davidov
Performer:  Marina Tarasova (Cello), Alexander Polezhaev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
6.
Waltz, Op. 41 no 2 by Karl Davidov
Performer:  Marina Tarasova (Cello), Alexander Polezhaev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
7.
Romance, Op. 22 by Karl Davidov
Performer:  Marina Tarasova (Cello), Alexander Polezhaev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 

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