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Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante; Tcherepnin: Suite for cello solo; Crumb: Sonata for cello solo

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125
>Tcherepnin, Alexander : Suite for solo cello
>Crumb, George : Sonata for Cello solo
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Prokofiev's first cello concerto, written in the late 1930's, was not well-received at its premiere. Although poorly interpreted by the cellist, much of the blame fell on Prokofiev for writing a "soulless" concerto. The work was seldom played afterwards, until Prokofiev heard Rostropovich play it at a 1947 concert at the Moscow Conservatory. The performance reawakened Prokofiev's interest in the cello and he rewrote the work (with advice from Rostropovich) re-christening it as the Sinfonia Concertante. This live recording also features two solo encores by Tcherepnin and Crumb. Written in a similar time period as the Prokofiev, they provide a fascinating look at the contrasting styles in use by composers in the post-war years.

BBC Music Magazine
... Pieter Wispelwey... carries his audience through Prokofiev's epic narrative with a good deal of conviction, embracing wholeheartedly the work's vast array of emotions, which, in the central movement, move schizophrenically from moments of tenderness and nostalgia to those of aggression and anguish. The two unaccompanied cello pieces provided an extremely enterprising coupling. Wispelwey draws a wonderfully haunting melodic line through the Oriental inflections of the Tcherepnin, while the Crumb, an early work strongly influenced by Bartók, is no less compelling.

Gramophone Magazine
Fine recordings of Prokofiev's problematic Symphony-Concerto... continue to appear. This latest is in some ways the most enjoyable of all, in that Pieter Wispelwey identifies completely with its restlessly shifting moods... delivering the lyrical themes more raptly than I can ever remember. Sinaisky and his Rotterdammers are with him at every step...



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125
  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 39 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1952
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tcherepnin, Alexander : Suite for solo cello
  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Crumb, George : Sonata for Cello solo
  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955
  • Studio/Live: Live