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The Romanic Cello Concerto, Vol. 7: Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1848-1890): Cello Concertos nos 1 & 2; Tchaikovsky: 'Rococo' Variations (arr. Fitzenhagen) / Alban Gerhardt, cello

Album Summary

>Fitzenhagen, Wilhelm : Concerto for Cello no 1 in B minor, Op. 2
>Fitzenhagen, Wilhelm : Concerto for Cello no 2 in A minor ("Fantastique"), Op. 4
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33
>Fitzenhagen, Wilhelm : Ballade (Concertstück), for cello & orchestra, Op. 10
>Fitzenhagen, Wilhelm : Resignation, sacred song without words, for cello & harmonium (or organ, piano, orchestra), Op. 8
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Wilhelm Fitzenhagen was a German cellist, composer and instructor, best known today as the dedicatee of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo theme. Volume 7 of the Romantic Cello Concerto series features his two triumphant concertos alongside several other original works, and his (in)famous version of the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations all performed by one of today's great German virtuosos, Alban Gerhardt.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
Vital exuberance - the sort one usually associates only with a live recording - is matched by playing of lyrical grace. Once you have these in place and an orchestral partnership of utter conviction, it is hard to see how Fitzhagen's concertos can have been ignored for so long.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
This music was all composed by the early 1870s when Fitzenhagen was in his 20s. It has the sound of a young cellist more interested in technical prowess than in musical depth. He had an individual approach to orchestration right from the start, and all of this music attracts the ears and is well worth exploring.

Gerhardt has made numerous recordings and is a fine performer in this repertoire, showing the same technical enthusiasm that characterizes the music. The balance on this recording tends to favor the orchestra. I recommend this to cellists and to lovers of the romantic and the unusual.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/19/2013-08/23/2013).



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Works Details

>Fitzenhagen, Wilhelm : Concerto for Cello no 1 in B minor, Op. 2
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Ensemble: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/19/2013-08/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Fitzenhagen, Wilhelm : Concerto for Cello no 2 in A minor ("Fantastique"), Op. 4
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/19/2013-08/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/19/2013-08/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Fitzenhagen, Wilhelm : Ballade (Concertstück), for cello & orchestra, Op. 10
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/19/2013-08/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Fitzenhagen, Wilhelm : Resignation, sacred song without words, for cello & harmonium (or organ, piano, orchestra), Op. 8
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/19/2013-08/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal