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Dvorak: Cello Concerto - Brahms: Double Concerto / Fournier, Francescatti, BBC Symphony


Release Date: 09/21/2004 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4149   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Pierre FournierZino Francescatti
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Neither of these historic performances could be proposed as a standard recommendation, though both have their own fascinations. Recorded in Edinburgh in 1955, the Brahms Concerto performance is decidedly mixed.

Pierre Fournier’s performance of the Dvorák Cello Concerto with Colin Davis is quite a different matter. Davis is excellent in molding the tensions in the first movement and Fournier’s playing throughout is superbly expressive. While the 1973 recording is vastly superior to that of the Brahms. Though well worth hearing, this live performance is not in the same league as Fournier’s classic recording with George Szell and the Berlin Philharmonic.

– Classical-Music.com (Jan Smaczny)
Neither of these historic performances could be proposed as a standard recommendation, though both have their own fascinations. Recorded in Edinburgh in 1955, the Brahms Concerto performance is decidedly mixed.

Pierre Fournier’s performance of the Dvorák Cello Concerto with Colin Davis is quite a different matter. Davis is excellent in molding the tensions in the first movement and Fournier’s playing throughout is superbly expressive. While the 1973 recording is vastly superior to that of the Brahms. Though well worth hearing, this live performance is not in the same league as Fournier’s classic recording with George Szell and the Berlin Philharmonic.

– Classical-Music.com (Jan Smaczny) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
2.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello), Zino Francescatti (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 

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