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Walton: Cello Concerto, Passacaglia; Bloch, Ligeti, Britten / Wispelwey, Tate, Sydney SO

Album Summary

>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello
>Bloch, Ernest : Suite no 1 for solo cello
>Ligeti, György : Sonata for Cello solo
>Walton, William : Passacaglia, for cello solo
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for solo cello no 2, Op. 80
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Pieter Wispelwey, one of the world's greatest cellists, is the latest star to join the Onyx roster. In this outstanding recording of 20th century cello music, Wispelwey presents his first recording of the Walton concerto, accompanied by the Sydney Symphony under the experienced baton of British conductor Jeffrey Tate. The works for solo cello are interrelated and comprise the Bloch Suite (written at the same time as the Walton Concerto in 1957), the early Ligeti Sonata (1948-53) and two works written for Rostropovich, Britten's Ciaconna from the 2nd suite and one of Walton's own contributions to the solo cello repertoire, the Passacaglia. For the concerto Wispelwey plays his usual Guadagnini cello but for the solo cello works he was thrilled to be able to record on the great 'Magg' Stradivarius from 1698.



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Works Details

>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Ensemble: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1956-1975

>Bloch, Ernest : Suite no 1 for solo cello
  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Sonata for Cello solo
  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948-1953

>Walton, William : Passacaglia, for cello solo
  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979-1980

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for solo cello no 2, Op. 80 :: Ciaccona
  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967