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Elgar & Tchaikovsky

Release date: 01 Feb 2017, 5186570

Artists

Johannes Moser, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Andrew Manze

Composers

Edward Elgar, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Category

Orchestral

Period

Romantic

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Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85 28:00   $
Adagio 07:51   $
Lento 04:21   $
Adagio 04:57   $
Allegro, man non troppo 10:51   $
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33 18:44   $
Moderato assai quasi Andante 00:53   $
Thema 00:56   $
Variation 1 00:51   $
Variation 2 02:54   $
Variation 3 02:23   $
Variation 4 01:13   $
Variation 5 01:51   $
Variation 6 02:01   $
Variation 7 03:47   $
Variation 8 & Coda 01:55   $
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Nocturne 04:12   $
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Nocturne for Cello and Orchestra 04:12   $
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile 06:47   $
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile for Cello and Orchestra 06:47   $
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso Op. 62 06:23   $
Morceau de Concert for Cello and Orchestra 06:23   $
 

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The profoundly moving, elegiac lyricism of Elgar and the wistful charm and brilliance of Tchaikovsky are on full display in this irresistible new release from PENTATONE played with consummate virtuosity by the German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Andrew Manze.

Composed at the end of the First World War, Elgar’s powerful Cello Concerto in E minor is one of his best-loved and most deeply-felt works. The soloist’s wrenching chords which open the work announce a mood of profound resignation and loss; gone is the youthful swagger of his earlier works, replaced instead with lonely introspection and longing, especially in the sublimely beautiful Adagio. The cello is given free rein in the vigorous final movement but the opening mood prevails as an anguished outburst from the cello brings the work to a close.

No such dejection hangs over Tchaikovsky’s delightful Variations on a Rococo Theme which ooze elegance, ineffable charm and daring displays of technical brilliance. While the Pezzo capriccioso finds Tchaikovsky in a more restrained mood, with the Nocturne and Andante Cantabile he wears his romantic heart full on his sleeve. The great Russian writer Leon Tolstoy is said to have wept when he heard the Andante Cantabile and its sumptuous theme shows Tchaikovsky’s unerring gift for haunting melodies. It remains a special gem in the repertoire.

The cellist Johannes Moser is no stranger to these works. Winner of the top prize at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, he was also awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Described by Gramophone as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists” and by the LA Times as a musician who “…connects with the audience in a way that only great artists do”, this is Moser’s third outing for PENTATONE.

His first album of concertos by Dvořák and Lalo was widely praised for his “performance of enormous flair and effervescence” (BBC Music Magazine) and “his dazzling virtuosity, free, passionate phrasing and immense energy … that recalls Pablo Casals’ iconic 1937 recording” (Strings).

Elgar & Tchaikovsky

Category Orchestral

Period Romantic

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