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The Romantic Cello Concerto 2 / Gerhardt, Lintu, et al

Album Summary

>Volkmann, Robert : Concerto for cello & orchestra in A major, Op 33
>Dietrich, Albert : Concerto for Cello in G minor, Op. 32
>Gernsheim, Friedrich : Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 78
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"The music throughout is glorious, the Dietrich concerto (its cadenza by Grutzmacher) is a revelation, although after its first performance it remained unpublished and has an unknown performance history. Gernsheim's is the 'youngest' by half a century of the four, and though written a decade after his friend Brahms's death, maintains a link in many places by dint of its muscularity and orchestral textures, even similar thematic outlines in places... Gerhardt has done a splendid job in making a case for this music, as has Hannu Lintu at the head of the excellent Berlin Radio Orchestra." -MusicWeb International

'Alban Gerhardt throws himself into the fray with thrilling virtuoso abandon and the recording is out of Hyperion's top drawer' (Classic FM Magazine) *****

'Alban Gerhardt's playing is rich-toned, impeccably judged even in the most obscure works, and completely assured ... [Dietrich]'s Cello Concerto is relatively accessible music but boasts plenty of subtlety and fine melodies; the Romance is a particular gem and must have been a joy to rediscover ... Gerhardt's performance makes it sound (in the best way)as if it had always been there ... Even for a Volume 1 this would have been a fine programme; for a Volume 2 it is indecently good and the performances are both brilliant and committed. I can only look forward to Volume 3' (International Record Review)

'Gerhardt invests Volkmann's mixture of melodic lyricism, wit and technical bravado with a brilliant sense of pacing and the urgent accompaniment of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu easily outclasses the rival account on CPO' (BBC Music Magazine) *****

'Alban Gerhardt is no lofty aristocrat of the cello. He throbs and hugs in kaleidoscopic hues: activities crucial in this disarming 19th century collection. The Schumann concerto, persuasively dispatched, is the most familiar, but Gerhardt makes an equally strong case for lively novelties by smaller figures, Robert Volkmann and Freidrich Gernsheim' (The Times)

'Gerhardt's impassioned, dulcet-toned performances are exemplary, rescuing fine music from undeserved neglect' (The Sunday Times)

'Schumann's well-known, dream world A minor Concerto is here, and superbly played it is. But it comes with three rarities ... These are lovely, lister-friendly pieces: immediate, warm and lyrical, full of emotional and orchestral colour ... they're all a delight. Alban Gerhardt is the charismatic and full-bodied soloist, showing a spot-on intonation, sparkling virtuosity and great verve. This is a highly recommendable disc to anyone who loves big romatic orchestral pieces that tell a story. Another Hyperion gem' (HMV Choice)

'Avant le célèbre Concerto pour violoncelle de Schumann, Alban Gerhardt nous propose des concertos de l'époque romantique écrits par Robert Volkmann, Albert Dietrich et Friedrich Gernsheim. Trois oeuvres dont on ne comprend guère pourquoi elles ne sont pas inscrites plus souvent au répertoire des violoncellistes. Maîtrise instrumentale infallible, intelligence dans l'approche des partition et sonorité profonde et chalereuse sont les qualités du soliste. Le Symphonique de Radio Berlin, dirigé par Hannu Lintu, lui donne l'exacte réplique qu'un tel instrumentiste est en droit d'attendre' (Classica magazine, France)

'Alban Gerhardt, one of the most inquisitive, versatile and, above all, best cello virtuosos of our times has now recorded a second CD with romantic works for his instrument. On the first he presented works by Ernst von Dohnányi, Eugène d'Albert and George Enescu. Now, to the Schumann work, he has added three others that were composed in the circle around Schumann and Brahms ... Volkmann's virtuoso a-minor concerto, in its key and single-movement form, reminds one, rather distantly, of Schumann's both familiar and alienating miracle in sound ... The concerto in c-minor by Gernsheim was published in 1907. With its network of symphonic style it might remind one of Brahms or, no less, of Elgar. The fact that thoughts of this kind come up at all, that one is so fascinated by the difference as well as the similarity of the sound languages, is due to Alban Gerhardt's brilliant cello approach. He realises the works of Brahms's three friends with vital virtuosity and an intensity of playing that raises them to pieces of a high rank. The accompaniment of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu is very emphatic. But when the opening bars of the Schumann concerto spread their magic and Alban Gerhardt articulates the insatiable longing of the theme, then Volkmann, Dietrich and Gernsheim cannot but move to the back row' (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

'The continuous offerings of Hyperion to music culture are admirable' (Classics Today, Greece)

Melodic After the splendid start made by the Hyperion Series with Romantic cello concerti, the second album turns out to be a treasure-box as well. This refers less to Schumann's familiar late work than to the compositions that have long been absent from the repertoire, by Robert Volkmann, Albert Dietrich and Friedrich Gernsheim - scores with wonderful, melancholic themes, deeply felt harmony, passages of ravishing sound, and especially the more melodically than brilliantly conceived solo part. The happily chosen compilation responds well to Alban Gerhardt's rich tone, too' (Fonoforum)

'... the superbly worked cello concerti by Dietrich and Gernsheim, both first-time recordings. These discoveries make Gerhardt's CD a must-buy for connoisseurs of late Romanticism' (Partituren, Germany)

'Alban Gerhardt flourishes with cello personality, radiant colour and untiring eloquence in all of the concerti collected on this CD. The greatest discovery is probably the E minor Concerto by Friedrich Gernsheim ... Alban Gerhardt plays this short work with voluptuous delicacy and lyric rapture. The music becomes light and sanguine: qualities that can be praised on this CD as a whole. ... With neck-breaking thrills, Alban Gerhardt reaps musical acrobatic effects from this. Definitely worth hearing on the CD. On this voyage of discovery Alban Gerhardt again proves to be a skilled storyteller and a superb musical cicerone... A showpiece for collectors, and proof of the intelligence and far-sightedness of a cellist who combines virtuosity and content with a touch of genius' 'For everyone who loves this city the next concert of the philharmonic orchestra with Christian Thielemann and Alban Gerhardt is a must: for the fact that this evening's conductor and the soloist are both sons of this city occurs only once in a blue moon with the orchestra. There could scarcely be more Berlin - in fact, all that is needed is a work by a Berlin composer on the programme. Gerhardt would even have (at least)one to offer: on his new CD the 37-year-old cellist plays, among other things, the pretty cello concerto of just quarter of an hour by the late Romantic Friedrich Gernsheim, who worked as a teacher at the Stern Conservatory and the Berlin Academy of Arts more than a hundred years ago. In its tone, this piece, first performed in 1907, would have gone well with the main work of the evening, Brahms' first symphony. But sadly the philharmonic did not want to be so daring: instead of that, from Saturday to Monday, there will be Schumann's cello concerto yet again at the philharmonic hall. On the CD, "The Romantic Cello Concerto", Gerhard couples it with the Gernsheim concerto and the also forgotten cello concerti of Brahms' contemporaries Albert Dietrich and Robert Volkmann. In case someone misunderstands: of course Schumann is the better composer, but the very thin canon of first-rate cello concerti could do with some expansion. To this extent, Gerhardt's spirit of discovery is also a strategy of frustration avoidance. Having to play the same five or six pieces constantly leads to burnout for most soloists' 'Tagesspiegel'



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Works Details

>Volkmann, Robert : Concerto for cello & orchestra in A major, Op 33
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/14/2006-03/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1853

>Dietrich, Albert : Concerto for Cello in G minor, Op. 32
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/14/2006-03/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gernsheim, Friedrich : Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 78
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/14/2006-03/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/14/2006-03/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1850