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Schoeck: Works for Cello / Christian Poltera, et al

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
His output dominated by operas and Lieder, Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957) wrote few largescale orchestral and chamber works. Of his three concertos, that for cello (1947) is among his last pieces and exudes an autumnal spirit. Its opening Allegro is among the composer's most successful sonata movements, generating no mean rhythmic momentum in spite of its predilection for long-breathed melodic lines, and purposefully sustaining its considerable length. The slow movement is the emotional heart - a luminous threnody in which the interplay of cello and strings is particularly felicitous. A brief but animated Scherzo and a finale that recalls earlier themes, while maintaining impetus on the way to a decisive conclusion, complete a work that ought to find its way into the still-limited cello canon now the Schumann concerto has become firmly established... The song transcriptions (presumably by Poltéra) are idiomatically done; that of the winsome Nachklang deserves to be an encore in every cellist's repertoire. Warmly spacious sound and informative booklet-notes round out this desirable debut from a highly promising cellist.

Penguin Guide
Deeply satisfying music, impeccably played and equally impeccably recorded.


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