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Lalo: Cello Concerto; Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto no. 2; Berlioz / Pieter Wispelwey, cello

Audio Samples

>Lalo, Edouard : Concerto for Cello in D minor
>Berlioz, Hector : Romeo et Juliette
>     Love Scene
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 2 in D minor, Op. 119

Album Summary

>Lalo, Edouard : Concerto for Cello in D minor
>Berlioz, Hector : Romeo et Juliette
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 2 in D minor, Op. 119
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Pieter Wispelwey and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seikyo Kim perform two romantic cello concertos whose neglect is hard to fathom. Édouard Lalo penned a variety of large scale orchestral works, including the famous Symphonie espagnole for violin, a piano concerto, and the Cello Concerto heard here. A strong work in the Germanic tradition, its comparative neglect in the concert hall is difficult to understand. The second Cello Concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns, written in 1902, has all of the composer's flair for style and elegance, and is possibly more challenging for the soloist than its A-minor sibling.

The Telegraph, 23rd May 2013
The chief focuses of this disc lie in Wispelwey's passionate advocacy of the Lalo and the Saint-Saëns...with the weight of expression assigned to the central Andante movement [of the Lalo] where Wispelwey's mellow tone and mellifluous phrasing colour the music with exquisite refinement and subtle shading.

Sunday Times, 16th June 2013
[The Lalo] gets a passionate, committed account from Wispelwey and the Flanders orchestra...The excellent band, under Seiko Kim, display their expressive qualities in a rapt account of the Scène d'amour from Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette.

The Guardian, 18th July 2013
As Wispelwey's performance shows, [the Saint-Saëns is] a fine piece in its own right, though with more of a sentimental heart than his playing brings out. He's more in his element in the rugged solo writing in the Lalo, which opens in the most sombre D minor...but then gradually reveals a more relaxed, good-humoured side.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2013
It says much for the Saint-Saens concerto that it stands up well to such inspired competition.

International Record Review, September 2013
I am charmed by Wispelwey's playing in the Lalo, I am bowled over by this performance of Saint-Saens asks of him, the multiple-stopping, the passages at the very top of the cello's range, and so on- Wispelwey's tone remains centered and mellifluous. Furthermore, he is an intelligent, stylish musician who makes the music interesting.

MusicWeb International, 7th November 2013
[the Lalo] is an underrated piece and the performance given here is extremely fine...Wispelwey is in great form, ably supported by the orchestra and Seikyo Kim...The cello is recorded with clarity and possesses a slight cutting edge...The solo playing is immaculate.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: De Singel, Antwerp, Belgium (2012-12-05&2012-12-09&2012-).



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Works Details

>Lalo, Edouard : Concerto for Cello in D minor
  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Conductor: Seikyo Kim
  • Ensemble: Flanders Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: De Singel, Antwerp, Belgium (2012-12-05&2012-12-09&2012-)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1877

>Berlioz, Hector : Roméo et Juliette :: Love Scene
  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Conductor: Seikyo Kim
  • Notes: De Singel, Antwerp, Belgium (2012-12-05&2012-12-09&2012-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 09/1839

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Concerto for Cello no 2 in D minor, Op. 119
  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Conductor: Seikyo Kim
  • Notes: De Singel, Antwerp, Belgium (2012-12-05&2012-12-09&2012-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1902