Notes & Reviews:
Charles-Marie Widor, best known for his organ music, composed prolifically in all forms. After the success of Dutton Epoch's recording of Widor's piano concertos (CDLX 7275), this second volume now explores his Second Symphony (1882) and Cello Concerto (1878). Swedish cellist Torleif Thedéen is the soloist in this major addition to the nineteenth century cello repertoire. Widor's unfamiliar Second Symphony is notable for its vivid orchestral coloring and memorable invention, whilst three atmospheric preludes to his opera Les Pêcheurs de Saint-Jean (1905) complete this cherishable collection of French orchestral discoveries. World premiere recordings.
BBC Music Magazine, September 2013
Yates and the RSNO are also compelling in the vigorous Second Symphony (1882), but the highlight of the disc is the Cello Concerto. Torleif Thedeen's warm-toned playing of the solo part deserves to be heard not only on disc but in the concert hall, too.
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Frédéric d'Erlanger: Concerto Symphonique; Andante Symphonique; Prelude Romantique / Guy Johnston, cello; Victor Sangiorgio, piano
Cyril Scott: Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto; Pelleas and Melisanda, overture / Raphael Wallfisch, cello; Peter Donohoe, piano
Alfredo Casella, Vol. 3: Symphony No. 3; Italia; Introduzione, Corale e Marcia / BBC PO, Noseda
Widor: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Martin Roscoe
Britten: Violin Concerto; Shostakovich: Violin Concerto no. 1 / James Ehnes, violin
Henri Rabaud: Symphony No. 2; La Procession Nocturne; églogue / Couton
Louis Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898): Sonatas (3) for Piano Four Hands / Emile Naoumoff & Yau Cheng, piano
Walter Braunfels (1882-1954): Symphonic Variations on a French Children's Song; Suite from Der Glaserne Berg; Sinfonia Brevis
Stephen McNeff: Heiligenstadt; Secret Destinations; Sinfonia; Weathers / Bournemouth SO & Chorus