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Barber: Cello Concerto; Sonata; Adagio for Strings / Christian Poltéra, cello

Album Summary

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Cello, Op. 22
>Barber, Samuel : Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times, 13th January 2013
The Zurich-born cellist champions - with masterly elan - the unjustly neglected concerto by the American composer...With the pianist Kathryn Stott, Poltera gives us the ideal coupling...and Litton's excellent Bergen players round off this outstanding disc with an encore in the form of the Adagio for Strings.

The Guardian, 17th January 2013
As Christian PoltTra's fierce, theatrical performance demonstrates, [the Concerto is] a ruggedly impressive achievement in its own right...And while we don't need another recording of Barber's Adagio for Strings, Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic's is wonderfully refined.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2013
There are three hits here on one CD...[Poltera] is outstanding and invariably well-supported by the Bergen players under Litton. His high positions are effortless, as are the nasty double thirds...Poltera's duet with the oboe in the slow movement is magical...A feature of Litton's Adagio is the way it creeps in fat the start from nothing. Then it's all beautifully paced, spacious and warm. Recorded quality throughout is top-drawer in a truly winning CD.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
Poltera meets [the Concerto's] technical demands with almost complete ease, and projects the more lyrical moments with subtle inflections of line and beautifully centred tone...Poltera and pianist Kathryn Stott bring out [the Sonata's] Brahmsian ardour and its contrasts between tranquillity and restlessness.

MusicWeb International, 3rd May 2013
Christian PoltTra is ideally suited to this music, not least because he obtains a gloriously rich and full tone from his 1675 Guarnerius cello. Kathryn Stott, faced with a very full piano part, matches the ardour of his playing...[in the Concerto] PoltTra is a highly persuasive soloist and the accompaniment from Litton and his orchestra is first rate.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
The music of Samuel Barber always appeals to me. In it, romantic and modern elements blend in a strong and sympathetic personality of power and beauty. I love the Cello Concerto. This performance is beautifully detailed in balance and emotional depth. Poltera is a fine player, and Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic are with him all the way. This is a work of great contrast and subtlety, both in phrasing and harmony. Not everyone can handle it, but these players do.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (07/2009); Nybrokajen 11 (The Former Academy of Music), Stockholm, (07/2009); Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (10/2009/01/2012); Nybrokajen 11 (The Former Academy of Music), Stockholm, (10/2009/01/2012).



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Works Details

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Cello, Op. 22
  • Performer: Christian Poltéra (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 26 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945

>Barber, Samuel : Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
  • Performers: Kathryn Stott (Piano); Christian Poltéra (Cello)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Performer: Christian Poltéra (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936