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Elgar & Tchaikovsky: Cello Works

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Catalogue numberPTC5186570
Release date2017-02-03
Orig. sample rate96000 Hz

The profoundly moving, elegiac lyricism of Elgar and the wistful charm and brilliance of Tchaikovsky are on full display in this irresistible new release from PENTATONE played with consummate virtuosity by the German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Andrew Manze.

Composed at the end of the FirstWorldWar, Elgar’s powerful Cello Concerto in E minor is one of his best-loved and most deeply-felt works. The soloist’s wrenching chords which open the work announce a mood of profound resignation and loss; gone is the youthful swagger of his earlier works, replaced instead with lonely introspection and longing, especially in the sublimely beautiful Adagio. The cello is given free rein in the vigorous final movement but the opening mood prevails as an anguished outburst from the cello brings the work to a close.

No such dejection hangs over Tchaikovsky’s delightful Variations on a Rococo Theme which ooze elegance, ineffable charm and daring displays of technical brilliance. While the Pezzo capriccioso finds Tchaikovsky in a more restrained mood, with the Nocturne and Andante Cantabile he wears his romantic heart full on his sleeve.

The cellist Johannes Moser is no stranger to these works. Winner of the top prize at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, he was also awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Described by Gramophone as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists” and by the LA Times as a musician who “…connects with the audience in a way that only great artists do”, this is Moser’s third outing for PENTATONE.

His first album of concertos by Dvořák and Lalo was widely praised for his “performance of enormous flair and effervescence” (BBC Music Magazine) and “his dazzling virtuosity, free, passionate phrasing and immense energy … that recalls Pablo Casals’ iconic 1937 recording” (Strings)

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Extra material for download
  Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 28:00
01 I. Adagio - Moderato 07:51 $ 2.12 USD
02 II. Lento - Allegro molto 04:21 $ 1.17 USD
03 III. Adagio 04:57 $ 1.34 USD
04 IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro ma non troppo 10:51 $ 2.93 USD
  Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) 18:44
05 Thema. Moderato assai quasi andante 00:53 $ 0.24 USD
06 Theme. Moderato simplice 00:56 $ 0.25 USD
07 Var. 1, Tempo della thema 00:51 $ 0.23 USD
08 Var. 2, Tempo della thema 02:54 $ 0.78 USD
09 Var. 3, Andante 02:23 $ 0.64 USD
10 Var. 4, Allegro vivo 01:13 $ 0.33 USD
11 Var. 5, Andante grazioso 01:51 $ 0.50 USD
12 Var. 6, Allegro moderato 02:01 $ 0.54 USD
13 Var. 7, Andante sostenuto 03:47 $ 1.02 USD
14 Var. 8 & Coda. Allegro moderato con anima 01:55 $ 0.52 USD
  6 Morceaux, Op. 19, TH 133
15 No. 4, Nocturne (Version for Cello & Orchestra) 04:12 $ 1.13 USD
  String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11, TH 111
16 II. Andante cantabile (Version for Cello & String Orchestra) 06:47 $ 1.83 USD
17 Pezzo capriccioso in B Minor, Op. 62, TH 62 06:23 $ 1.72 USD
  Album total 64:06
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