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Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos / Alisa Weilerstein

Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001759202  
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarElliott Carter
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Weilerstein avoids nostalgia and produces an account full of passion, grief and nobility of feeling…it's been years since a new recording of Elgar's great concerto made this kind of visceral impact. Significantly, it is the first time that Barenboim has chosen to conduct a recording of Elgar’s famous Cello Concerto since his legendary performances with Jacqueline du Pré." - BBC Music Magazine, Recording of the Year, 2014

The much-anticipated album from the brilliant young American cellist marks one of the most exciting Decca Classics debuts in many years.

Doubly exciting is the participation of conductor Daniel Barenboim a fervent supporter of Alisa Weilerstein's extraordinary talent
Read more since their 2010 Europa Concert in Oxford, in which Alisa Weilerstein gave a searing account of the Elgar Concerto.

Alisa Weilerstein is the first cellist for many years to play the Elgar Concerto with Daniel Barenboim, and his decision to record it with her is a major statement.

Elgar's Concerto is brought together with a contemporary masterpiece, Alisa Weilerstein's homage to the doyen of American composers, centenarian Elliott Carter.

Already feted as one of today's top international soloists, Alisa Weilerstein's career recently reached new critical heights, following the award of a Genius Grant by the MacArthur Foundation. In the citation it was stated: Alisa Weilerstein is a young cellist whose emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary music have earned her international recognition...a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship.

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
Concerto for Cello by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85: 1. Adagio - Moderato
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85: 2. Lento - Allegro molto
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85: 3. Adagio
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85: 4. Allegro
Cello Concerto: 1. Drammatico
Cello Concerto: 2. Allegro Appassionato
Cello Concerto: 3. Giocoso
Cello Concerto: 4. Lento
Cello Concerto: 5. Maestoso
Cello Concerto: 6. Tranquillo
Cello Concerto: 7. Allegro Fantastico
Kol Nidrei - Adagio For Cello, Opus 47

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