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The Romantic Cello Concerto, Vol. 4: Hans Pfitzner: Cello Concertos Opp. 42, 52, Op. posth.; Duo Op 42 / Alban Gerhardt, cello

Album Summary

>Pfitzner, Hans : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op posth
>Pfitzner, Hans : Concerto for Cello no 2 in A minor, Op. 52
>Pfitzner, Hans : Concerto for Cello no 1 in G major, Op. 42
>Pfitzner, Hans : Duo for violin, cello & piano (or small orchestra), Op. 43
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion's Romantic Cello Concerto series continues to bring new works to light, expanding a repertoire that has long focused on a select group of composers. Here, Alban Gerhardt performs the three concertos by Hans Pfitzner. Pfitzner's early Cello Concerto in A minor was scorned by his teachers (although liked by the composer himself). His Cello Concerto Op.42 is a beautifully constructed work that derives its material from a lyrical cello solo heard at the very start of the work. The Cello Concerto Op.52 is dedicated to Ludwig Hoelscher, a pupil of two giants of German cello-playing: Hugo Becker and Julius Klengel. As a bonus, the recording also includes Pfitzner's Duo for violin, cello and small orchestra.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
Gerhardt holds it all together with his sustained singing lines, while Weigle and his Berlin band provide vividly pointillist backing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin (06/18/2012-06/21/2012).



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Works Details

>Pfitzner, Hans : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op posth
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin (06/18/2012-06/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1888

>Pfitzner, Hans : Concerto for Cello no 2 in A minor, Op. 52
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
  • Notes: Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin (06/18/2012-06/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1943

>Pfitzner, Hans : Concerto for Cello no 1 in G major, Op. 42
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
  • Notes: Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin (06/18/2012-06/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935

>Pfitzner, Hans : Duo for violin, cello & piano (or small orchestra), Op. 43
  • Performers: Alban Gerhardt (Cello); Gergana Gergova (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
  • Notes: Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin (06/18/2012-06/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1937