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Dvořák & Martinů - Cello Concertos

Composer Antonín Dvorák
Bohuslav Martinů (Martinu)
Performer Christian Poltéra
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2157 SACD
EAN 7318599921570
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2016
Total time 63'00

Since 2007, cellist Christian Poltéra has recorded a number of acclaimed discs for BIS, of less often heard concertos by composers such as Othmar Schoeck, Frank Martin and Samuel Barber, as well as contemporary classics including Henri Dutilleux’s ‘Toute un monde lointain…’. Across the world, reviewers have been bowled over by Poltéra’s effortless technique, but even more so by his communicative skills and beautiful sound, typically using adjectives such as ‘glowing’, ‘lyrical’, ‘ripe’ and ‘singing’. These are of course qualities that will enhance any repertoire, and here, on his latest disc, Poltéra has occasion to apply them to one of the truly great Romantic concertos. Dvořák once famously expressed as his opinion that the cello was unsuitable as a solo instrument, going on to compose what was to become one of the most beautiful, as well as popular, concertos in the repertoire. Although the solo part is demanding, the work is by no means a bravura showpiece. Instead, the orchestra and soloist form an integral whole, something which is admirably brought out in the interaction between Poltéra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Thomas Dausgaard. When he composed his First Cello Concerto, in 1930, Dvořák’s compatriot Bohuslav Martinů also wanted to create a work involving dialogue between soloist and orchestra. Inspired by the concerto grosso form of the baroque era, he wrote a first version for cello and chamber orchestra, which he revisited in 1939, expanding it for large orchestra. In 1955 he returned to the concerto once again to create a third and final version, which has become one of his most popular works.
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  Antonin (Antonín) Dvorak (Dvořák)
  Concerto in B minor for cello and orchestra, Op. 104 (1894–95) 37'26
01 I. Allegro 14'06
02 II. Adagio ma non troppo 11'01
03 III. Finale. Allegro moderato 12'19
  Bohuslav Martinu (Martinů)
  Concerto No. 1 for cello and orchestra 24'39
04 I. Allegro moderato 7'54
05 II. Andante moderato 9'48
06 III. Allegro 6'57
  Album total 63'00
ComposerDvorak (Dvořák), Antonin (Antonín)
Martinu (Martinů), Bohuslav
ConductorDausgaard, Thomas
OrchestraDeutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
CelloPoltéra, Christian

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