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The Romantic Cello Concerto 1 - Dohnányi, Enescu, et al

Album Summary

>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Konzertstück for Cello and Orchestra in D major, Op. 12
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Symphonie Concertante, for cello & orchestra in B minor, Op. 8
>d'Albert, Eugène : Concerto for Cello in C major, Op. 20
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"The lush lyricism and engaging virtuosity of the idiomatic solo writing is graced by a quite superb soloist of whom I hope we shall be hearing much more." -Classic FM Magazine "Alban Gerhardt's light-fingered and forward-moving (but never pushy) performances -- elegant in tone, eloquent in phrasing, deft in rhythm -- stand out for their freshness and their evident enthusiasm for the music. Orchestral support and engineering are both excellent, and Martin Anderson's notes are a pleasure to read. An auspicious release." - International Record Review

'Gerhardt's playing, with its richly hued tone, gets right to the heart of this music and brilliantly ignites the fireworks that the Enescu and d'Albert pieces have up their sleeves' (The Daily Telegraph)

'It would be difficult to find a more enticing choice of repertory for the first volume in Hyperion's enterprising Romantic Cello Concerto series than the three sumptuous late 19th-century compositions on offer here ... Gerhardt's warmly recorded performance lays claim to being the most convincing of all [previous recordings], not least for the passion and sensitivity of his playing as well as the committed contribution of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Carlos Kalmar' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The lush lyricism and engaging virtuosity of the idiomatic solo writing is graced by a quite superb soloist of whom I hope we shall be hearing much more' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Enescu's Symphonie Concertante predictably provides sturdier pleasure, with its unstoppable torrents of cello song, intermittent Romanian colouring, and music of symphonic fibre' (The Times)

'Alban Gerhardt is the superb soloist in the lovely Dohnanyi piece, and he introduces the no less impressive concerto by d'Albert and Enescu's early Symphonie concertante' (The Independent)

'As one has come to expect of him, the cellist Alban Gerhardt has delivered this CD of little-known repertory with consummate virtuosity and style. But it's not just technical élan that marks out his playing, for the lyrical and unswervingly Romantic melodic material of the Dohnányi is captivatingly sculpted with full-blooded intensity. Add to that a remarkably clear recording together with an excellent and sensitive orchestral partnership, and the discs seems self-recommending' (The Strad)

'Alban Gerhardt's light-fingered and forward-moving (but never pushy)

performances - elegant in tone, eloquent in phrasing, deft in rhythm - stand out for their freshness and their evident enthusiasm for the music. Orchestral support and engineering are both excellent, and Martin Anderson's notes are a pleasure to read. An auspicious release' (International Record Review)



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>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : Konzertstück for Cello and Orchestra in D major, Op. 12
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (12/17/2004/12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 07/21/1905

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Symphonie Concertante, for cello & orchestra in B minor, Op. 8
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (12/17/2004/12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 11/02/1901

>d'Albert, Eugène : Concerto for Cello in C major, Op. 20
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (12/17/2004/12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto