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Christian Poltéra plays Samuel Barber

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1827 SACD
Release date2012-12-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz, 44100Hz
Total time54:13

Disc of the Week, BBC 3 Radio 3 CD Review 02/03/2013
”Editor’s Choice”, 05/2013
5 Diapasons, Diapason 04/2013

On previous discs, Christian Poltéra has combined concertos with chamber works by composers such as Frank Martin and Arthur Honegger. The recipe proved highly successful, resulting in more rounded portraits of each composer, as well as of the performer himself: while Poltéra’s performance of Martin’s Cello Concerto was described in Gramophone as having ‘an inspirational intensity to compare with the celebrated Du Pré/Barbirolli recording of the Elgar Concerto’, the reviewer in Fanfare praised him for ‘playing with the kind of semi-arrogant, swashbuckling carefree attitude that suits Honnegger to a tee’.

As he now proceeds to Samuel Barber – some twenty years younger than both Martin and Honegger – Poltéra opens his programme with the Cello Concerto, tailored especially for the Georgian-born cellist Raya Garbousova in 1945. The 25-minute long work is one of only three concertos by Barber, and is remarkable for the way in which he balances out the natural lyric expressiveness of his earlier music with a more urgent, acerbic style, highly rhythmic and intense.

That lyricism and expressivity is of course most famously heard in the enormously popular Adagio for strings, which closes the disc in a performance by the strings of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Litton. But before that,

Christian Poltéra and his regular chamber-music partner Kathryn Stott gives a performance of the Sonata for Cello and Piano, composed while Barber was still a student, but brilliantly written for the two instruments.

Track 1-3, 96000Hz
Track 4-7, 44100Hz

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Extra material for download
  Composer: Barber, Samuel
  Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op.22 (1945) 26:34
01 I. Allegro moderato 11:50 $ 2.84 USD
02 II. Andante sostenuto 06:20 $ 1.52 USD
03 III. Molto allegro e appassionato 08:24 $ 2.02 USD
  Composer: Barber, Samuel
  Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.6 (1932) 17:48
04 I. Allegro ma non troppo 07:56 $ 1.90 USD
05 II. Adagio – Presto – di nuovo Adagio 04:06 $ 0.98 USD
06 III. Allegro appassionato 05:46 $ 1.38 USD
07 Adagio for strings, Op.11 (1936) 08:25 $ 2.02 USD
  Album total 54:13
ComposerBarber, Samuel
ConductorLitton, Andrew
OrchestraBergen Philharmonic Orchestra
CelloPoltéra, Christian
PianoStott, Kathryn

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