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Saint-Saens, Faure, Lalo: Cello Concertos / Schiff, Mackerras, New Philarmonia Orchestra


Release Date: 03/10/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 431166  
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsGabriel FauréEdouard Lalo
Performer:  Heinrich Schiff
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is Heinrich Schiff's first recording and readers who keep their back copies of GRAMOPHONE will find information about him on page 403 of last September's issue. So I shall only say here that he has appeared at the RFH (in the Lutoslawski Concerto), in Lincoln Cathedral last summer (the Elgar) and at the Proms (Strauss's Don Quixote), from which varied repertoire one finds it not surprising that he makes his record debut with French music.

I first came across the Lato Concerto, as I expect many readers did, in Tortelier's lovely HMV performance. The fascinating thing for me is how astonishingly different Schiff is, throwing an entirely new light on the piece, yet perfectly faithful interpretatively. In a sentence, his is
Read more a considerably more virile and positive performance. Where Tortelier seizes upon the reflective character of much of the music (incidentally, is there any other Concerto or, for that matter, any other symphonic work in compound time from start to finish?), Schiff, while not losing sight of this aspect of the music, makes the strong entries in the first movement, for instance, more arresting. Tortelier can muse in piano dolcissiino passages with the most beautifully withdrawn tone: Schiff's playing in such passages is also beautiful but is not so poetic—or, to put it more fairly, is poetic in a different way. It sounds the difference between an older man, dreaming his dreams, and the young up-and-coming artist. Where Schiff does win, as I have suggested, is in the fine attack he brings to strong entries, as well as in propelling the first movement with more energy.

The scherzo episodes of the slow movement are excellently played by both, with Schiff getting more pointed accents. In the finale Tortelier's dynamics are sometimes his own, for he plays from the heart and wants to make the music as beautiful as he can. Schiff plays it with infectious zest and with real authority and style. I am not in the least changing my view about Tortelier's most beautiful performance. I merely say—here is a first-class young cellist who gives us the pleasure of a considerably different view of the work.

-- Gramophone [2/1977]
reviewing the original LP release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Heinrich Schiff (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
2.
Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Heinrich Schiff (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
3.
Concerto for Cello in D minor by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Heinrich Schiff (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 

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