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Elgar, Walton: Cello Concertos

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>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello
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Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times
Müller-Schott's expressive legato movingly captures the sadness and resignation of [Elgar's] adagio, but he can dazzle, too, in the restless semiquavers of the allegro molto section of the scherzo-like second movement. This is a deeply felt, freshly conceived reading of a much-recorded piece. No less desirable is his account of the Walton.

BBC Music Magazine
The Walton... is distinctive, not least because the Oslo Philharmonic under Previn is on cracking form. This subtly playful, sun-lit work is fiendishly difficult and requires just the sort of powerful virtuosity Müller-Schott displays.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The Elgar and Walton cello concertos make a perfect coupling and this is the second time André Previn has conducted the pairing on disc. The first, some 20 years ago, had Yo-Yo Ma, still near the beginning of his career, and the LSO. Here he's with the young German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and his own Oslo Philharmonic in an equally idiomatic reading. Significantly, Müller-Schott writes his own booklet-notes, demonstrating his warm affection and understanding of both works. It is the passion of his playing that strikes home immediately - he uses a wider vibrato than Ma, and rather freer, less inhibited phrasing. That passion comes over not only in the slower music of the Elgar but also in the seemingly hesitating introduction to the second-movement Scherzo; and where Ma's reading of the slow movement is marked by refinement and nobility, Müller- Schott's is weightier. Similarly, in the central Scherzo of the Walton, where Ma is very fast and volatile, Müller-Schott is heavier-handed, though without losing the piece's sparkle. The solo cello is balanced very far forward so that at the start of the Walton its sound obscures the subtle detail in the orchestration. That said, there is everything to enjoy in performances that are uninhibited, bringing out the warmth of both pieces. Many will forgive the odd balance when the performances are so convincing, even if Müller-Schott is not quite so imaginative or individual in his phrasing as Ma.



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Notes: Oslo, Philharmonic Hall (08/15/2005-08/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 29 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Notes: Oslo, Philharmonic Hall (08/15/2005-08/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1956-1975