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Elgar & Carter: Cello Concertos / Alisa Weilerstein, cello, Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>Carter, Elliott : Concerto for Cello
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The much-anticipated album from the brilliant young American cellist marks one of the most exciting Decca Classics debuts in many years.

Double exciting is the participation of conductor Daniel Barenboim - a fervent supporter of Alisa Weilerstein's extraordinary talent since their 2010 Europa Concert in Oxford, in which Alisa Weilerstein gave a searing account of the Elgar Concerto.

A huge aspect of the release is Daniel Barenboim's iconic association with Jacqueline du Pre and the Elgar Concerto. Alisa Weilerstein is the first cellist for many years to play the work with him, and his decision to record it with her is a major statement.

Elgar's Concerto is brought together with a contemporary masterpiece - Alisa Weilerstein's homage to the doyen of American composers, centenarian Elliott Carter.

Already feted as one of today's top international soloists, Alisa Weilerstein's career recently reached new critical heights, following the award of a "Genius Grant" by MacArthur Foundation. In the citation it was stated; "Alisa Weilerstein is a young cellist whose emotionally resonant performance of both traditional and contemporary music have earned her international recognition... a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship."

BBC Music Magazine, February 2013
Weilerstein avoids nostalgia [in the Elgar] and produces instead an account that is full of passion, grief and nobility of feeling...Her interpretation [of the Carter], at once remarkably expressive and a continuous display of headlong, high-pressure virtuosity, seems to me to outrank the existing recorded versions...a thoughtfully-constructed and thought-provoking programme.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2013
Her Elgar is not as wayward as du Pre...but it's still remarkably impressive...[in the Carter] Weilerstein, who starts on her own, as in the Elgar, brings the same immaculate tonal control to bear...Kol Nidrei is a fine vehicle for Weilerstein's gorgeous tone.

The Times, 1st February 2013
Within the first seconds [of the Elgar], we know that Weilerstein speaks with her own voice. The muscular bowing, the sound's depth and warmth in the opening bars: you couldn't ask for a more characterful beginning...[The Carter] might seem as removed from Elgar as the man in the moon. Not so...with Weilerstein giving her heart and soul to Carter's constantly evolving filigree line we're always aware of the concerto's singing voice.

The Guardian, 14th February 2013
To hear an orchestra with such a distinctive central European sound playing Elgar, and relating his music so securely to the wider late-romantic tradition, is one of the disc's great pleasures. Weilerstein's approach is impressively bold and big-boned, even if she seems - for now - more comfortable with the concerto's rhetoric than its intimacy.

Sunday Times, 17th February 2013
This is a precious disc, and certainly not in the pejorative sense. Weilerstein plays with robust vigour, but a heart-stopping moulding of phrase. She brings to the Elgar concerto... a portamento beautifully judged and asserted in a brand-new, old-fashioned way (no contradiction!).

MusicWeb International, 29th April 2013
Very ably accompanied, it is very much Weilerstein's ascendant star which will sell this performance [of the Elgar] to you...[the Carter] is indeed a work which demands focus to appreciate, but the flow of the music has its own sense of inevitability and architectural logic, and there are plenty of magical moments to prickle the senses.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 3, Philharmonie, Berlin.



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
  • Notes: Studio 3, Philharmonie, Berlin (2012-04-02&2012-04-03&2012-)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Carter, Elliott : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Notes: Studio 3, Philharmonie, Berlin (09/15/2012/09/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2000
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47
  • Performer: Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Notes: Studio 3, Philharmonie, Berlin (09/15/2012/09/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live