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Dvorák: Cello Concerto; Dohnányi: Konzertstück / Raphael Wallfisch, cello

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>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Konzertstück for Cello and Orchestra in D major, Op. 12

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Konzertstück for Cello and Orchestra in D major, Op. 12
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This month, Chandos re-releases its recording of Dvorák's Cello Concerto in B minor and the Konzertstück for Cello and Orchestra by Dohnányi, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras, with Raphael Wallfisch the featured soloist. Review for CHAN 8662: 'Raphael Wallfisch's inspired new recording for Chandos of the Dvorák Cello Concerto is marked by deep, unexaggerated expressiveness and thrillingly taut co-ordination between soloist, conductor and the LSO... Dohnányi's Konzertstück makes a rare and attractive fill-up.' Critic's Choice, Gramophone

MusicWeb International - Gavin Dixon
Expectations run high for any disc of Charles Mackerras conducting Dvorák, and this one doesn't disappoint. He is at the top of his game here, and with an orchestra and soloist to match. No doubt this is among the first of many Mackerras reissues that will be appearing over the coming years. If they are all to this standard, then we are in for a real treat... Wallfisch's reading of the Dvorák brings Rostropovich to mind. Like Rostropovich, he has a glowing, bronzed tone, a bit more hazy perhaps, and not quite as incisive, but always leading the ear seductively through the solo lines...

Both works are presented at their very best here. In terms of other recordings, the Dvorák has plenty of competition. The high quality of performance here, to my knowledge, is only matched by much earlier recordings with poorer sound. The Dohnányi apparently appears here for the first time in a complete recording - obviously with provisos about its reissue status. Given the quality of this music, it is hard to understand why it has yet to take its rightful place at the heart of the cello repertoire.

Fanfare Magazine
If you didn't acquire this Chandos disc when it first came out, it's a good buy at its rereleased budget price. You probably already have half a dozen Dvorák cello concertos on your shelf, but this is a fine, if not exceptional, one, and the Dohnányi is a worthwhile addition to any collection.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
This is a reissue (Sept/Oct 1989). Mr Haller found it a good, if perhaps not outstanding interpretation of the Dvorak, and I agree. It grasps the emotionality of the music, and the recording is rich and resonant.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Jude's Church, Central Square, London (07/04/1988-07/05/1988).



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Works Details

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Central Square, London (07/04/1988-07/05/1988)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : Konzertstück for Cello and Orchestra in D major, Op. 12
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Central Square, London (07/04/1988-07/05/1988)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 07/21/1905