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Hans Gál, Edward Elgar: Cello Concertos / Antonio Meneses, cello

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>Gál, Hans : Concerto for Cello, Op. 67
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello

Album Summary

>Gál, Hans : Concerto for Cello, Op. 67
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This year Antonio Meneses celebrates the 30th anniversary of winning the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, which launched the cellist's brilliant international career and a string of acclaimed recordings including a half-dozen for Avie. His latest for the label includes a couple of firsts: the world premiere recording of the Cello Concerto by Hans Gál, and Antonio's first recording of the Elgar Concerto.

Gramophone Disc of the Month
A true virtuoso.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Meneses hasn't the richest sound I have heard, but his technique is excellent and he plays with musical insight and involvement in the deep emotions of these pieces. Cruz and the Northern Sinfonia blend beautifully. In other words, though his Elgar is not as richtoned as Du Pre or Rostropovich, it is moving and a fine representation of the piece. Still, I will be keeping this primarily for the Gal - a 33-minute piece of great depth and musical beauty. This is its first recording - and a good one!

MusicWeb International, December 2012
In spite of all the competition there, Meneses' account of Elgar bears up well. From the opening bars he makes it clear that this is going to be a thoughtful, musicianly interpretation. It avoids surrendering to any temptation towards melodrama or showmanship...Meneses hopes others will take up [the Gl's] cause; with this as reference recording, they can hardly go wrong.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
Gloriously impassioned first outing on disc for Hans Gal's Concerto.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Meneses surmounts every hurdle with ease and he is backed to the hilt by his compatriot Claudio Cruz at the helm of a notably alert Northern Sinfonia...a hugely sympathetic and impressively stylish display. Boasting crystal-clear yet warm-toned sound, this enterprising issue can be welcomed with open arms.

The Times, 14th July 2012
A fascinating rediscovery...there's melancholy in this gorgeously counterpointed work, but much stronger is the sense of an expert craftsman shaping one last outpouring of Brahms's symphonic language. It makes Elgar's elegiac Cello Concerto sound extrovert by comparison.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead, UK (01/05/2012-01/07/2012).



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>Hans Gál (1890 - 1987) : Concerto for Cello, Op. 67
  • Performer: Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Conductor: Claudio Cruz
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead, UK (01/05/2012-01/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Conductor: Claudio Cruz
  • Notes: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead, UK (01/05/2012-01/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919