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Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor; Martinu: Cello Concerto No. 1 / Christian Poltéra, cello; Deutsches SO Berlin, Thomas Dausgaard

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Cello no 1
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Since 2007, cellist Christian Poltra has recorded a number of acclaimed discs for BIS, of less often heard concertos by composers such as Othmar Schoeck, Frank Martin and Samuel Barber, as well as contemporary classics including Henri Dutilleux's 'Toute un monde lointain... '. Across the world, reviewers have been bowled over by Poltra's effortless technique, but even more so by his communicative skills and beautiful sound, typically using adjectives such as 'glowing', 'lyrical', 'ripe' and 'singing'. These are of course qualities that will enhance any repertoire, and here, on his latest disc, Poltra has occasion to apply them to one of the truly great Romantic concertos. Dvork once famously expressed as his opinion that the cello was unsuitable as a solo instrument, going on to compose what was to become one of the most beautiful, as well as popular, concertos in the repertoire. Although the solo part is demanding, the work is by no means a bravura showpiece. Instead, the orchestra and soloist form an integral whole, something which is admirably brought out in the interaction between Poltra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Thomas Dausgaard. When he composed his First Cello Concerto, in 1930, Dvork's compatriot Bohuslav Martinu also wanted to create a work involving dialogue between soloist and orchestra. Inspired by the concerto grosso form of the baroque era, he wrote a first version for cello and chamber orchestra, which he revisited in 1939, expanding it for large orchestra. In 1955 he returned to the concerto once again to create a third and final version, which has become one of his most popular works.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
[PoltTra's] big soloistic statements are strikingly ego-free, and these recordings of Czech concertos make the point... [in the Dvorak] he gives us seamless, breathless phrases, a clear sense of over-arching structure and plenty of vigour... [in the Martinu] the first movement explodes like a pack of fireworks; the second stands out for its lyrical intensity. It makes for a thrilling performance.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
Cellist Christian PoltTra and conductor Thomas Dausgaard give Dvorak's Cello Concerto a lusty warmth and spontaneity... but what sets this recording apart is this reading of Martinu's Cello Concerto No. 1, a hugely appealing work far too rarely performed... PoltTra sustains its cantilenas with a glowing intensity that builds towards a monumental and profound cadenza... this reading stands beside the best.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany (08/2014).



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>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
  • Performer: Christian Poltéra (Cello)
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Ensemble: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  • Running Time: 37 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Cello no 1
  • Performer: Christian Poltéra (Cello)
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Running Time: 25 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 08/1930-10/1930