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Walton: Cello Concerto; Passacaglia for solo cello; Hindemith: Cello Concerto; Sonata for solo cello, Op. 25/3 / Christian Poltera, cello

Album Summary

>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello
>Walton, William : Passacaglia, for cello solo
>Hindemith, Paul : Concerto for Cello
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 25
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Both the William Walton and Paul Hindemith Cello Concerti are expansive three-movement pieces employing large forces, and, in the case of the Walton, a vibraphone, while Hindemith in his Finale utilizes s celesta. Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra, who has proven himself on several BIS releases, performs the taxing solo parts. As a contrast to these two powerful mid-20th c. scores, Mr. Poltéra also performs solo works by these two composers: Hindemith’s 1922-23 Sonata for Solo Cello and Walton’s intimate, almost meditative Passacaglia (1979–80), one of the composer’s last works.

Sunday Times, 12th October 2014
The Swiss cellist's coupling is unusual, but makes complete sense...With the fine Brazilian orchestra, conducted by the late Frank Shipway, Poltera captures the essence of Walton's "Mediterranean" melancholy and biting wit, and Hindemith's more detached, yet rigorous and virtuosic, style.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
Backed to the hilt by a meticulously prepared LPO under Zhang Yi,the Chinese virtuoso manifestly loves this bewitching music and savours to the max its soaring lyricism, fastidious refinement and wistful tenderness...Fabulously secure in technique, the commanding Poltéra also benefits from wholly sympathetic, reazor-sharp support from the Sao Paulo SO.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
There is much to admire in Poltera's immense technical command and forthright technical command and forthright expressiveness, although finessed light and shade...are sometimes in rather short supply.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Walton and Hindemith were friends as well as two of the great composers of the 20th Century. This program presents some of their strongest works for cello played by one of the most technically accomplished and musically sensitive cellists of the 21st. He is joined by a fine Brazilian orchestra led by a sensitive conductor and recorded with clarity and good balances. These are fine works that require great alertness and technique to bring off. These performers have just that and I would say that they match any of the former recordings and outdo most of them. You won't go wrong.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Musikaliska (the former Academy of Music). Stockholm, S (07/2013); Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (07/2013); Musikaliska (the former Academy of Music). Stockholm, S (08/2013); Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (08/2013).



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Works Details

>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Christian Poltéra (Cello)
  • Conductor: Frank Shipway
  • Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 28 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1956-1975

>Walton, William : Passacaglia, for cello solo
  • Performer: Christian Poltéra (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979-1980

>Hindemith, Paul : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Christian Poltéra (Cello)
  • Conductor: Frank Shipway
  • Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 24 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1940

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 25
  • Performer: Christian Poltéra (Cello)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922