Paul Tortelier - The Complete Musician

Release Date: 6/17/2014
Catalog Number: 4570
Performer: Paul Tortelier
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

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An intimate profile of the musical life of cellist Paul Tortelier (1914-1990), one of the twentieth century’s most esteemed musicians. In addition to the documentary, the DVD features single-camera performance footage of complete concerti by Elgar (with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under the direction of Armin Jordan), Dvo?ák, and C.P.E. Bach, as well as Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations” and encore pieces from Tortelier’s suite “Mon Cirque.” In the documentary, Tortelier is seen in master classes, in rehearsal, and private settings, sharing his profound philosophies on music and life.

Color, 184 minutes (documentary: 52 minutes; performances: 132 minutes), 4:3, NTSC (Playable all regions)

The performance footage on this DVD was videotaped using a single camera. The close-up view of Tortelier provides an indispensable learning tool for string players, and offers a unique perspective for all viewers of one of the world’s great cellists.

C.P.E. Bach: Concerto for Cello No. 3 in A major, H.439 (Wq.172)
Paul Tortelier, cello
Zürich Chamber Orchestra; Edmund de Stoutz, conductor
(Uitikon, 1988)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85
Paul Tortelier, cello
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Armin Jordan, conductor
(Geneva, 1988)

Antonín Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104
Encore - Paul Tortelier: Three movements from Mon Cirque
Paul Tortelier, cello
Collegium Musicum Basel; Albert E. Kaiser, conductor
(Basel, 1989)

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Encore - Tortelier: Four movements from Mon Cirque
Paul Tortelier, cello
Zürich Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Schweizer, conductor
(Zürich, 1989)
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Cello no 3 in A major, Wq 172/H 439 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer: Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor: Edmond de Stoutz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: ?1753 ; Berlin, Germany
2. Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor: Armin Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1919 ; England
3. Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvořák
Performer: Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor: Albert Kaiser
Orchestra/Ensemble: Collegium Musicum Basel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894-1895 ; USA
4. Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor: Daniel Schweizer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Zurich Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Russia
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