Pfitzner - Cello Concertos, Duo
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Label: Hyperion - Romantic Cello Concertos
Cat No: CDA67906
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 3rd March 2014
WorksCello Concerto in A minor, op.52
Cello Concerto in A minor, op.posth
Cello Concerto in G major, op.42
Duo for violin, cello and orchestra, op.43
ArtistsAlban Gerhardt (cello)
Hyperion’s Romantic Cello Concerto series continues to bring new works into a repertoire currently dominated by Dvorák and Elgar. Alban Gerhardt performs the three concertos by Hans Pfitzner, a composer remembered mostly for his opera 'Palestrina'.
Pfitzner’s early Cello Concerto in A minor, Op posth., was scorned by his teachers (although liked by the composer himself) and the manuscript disappeared during his lifetime. It was first performed in public on 18 February 1977 and published the following year.
His Cello Concerto in G major, Op.42 was written almost half a century later. Completed in 1935, this richly melodic single span was composed for the cellist Gaspar Cassadó (1897–1966), one of the finest cellists of his generation. This beautifully constructed concerto derives its material from the lyrical cello solo (heard over a quiet timpani roll) at the very start of the work. The orchestration is deft and often delicate, never submerging the solo instrument, but full of attractive surprises, not least the tumbling trumpet fanfares that introduce the first of the faster sections.
The Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.52 is dedicated to Ludwig Hoelscher (1907–1996), a pupil of two giants of German cello-playing: Hugo Becker and Julius Klengel. It was completed in 1943 and published in 1944.
Also included is a Duo for violin, cello and small orchestra.
1Pfitzner: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op. Posth - 1. Andante Molto Sostenuto: Allegro
2Pfitzner: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op. Posth - 2. Adagio Molto Tranquillo
3Pfitzner: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op. 52 - 1. Ruhig
4Pfitzner: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op. 52 - 2. Nicht Zu Schnell
5Pfitzner: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op. 52 - 3. Feierlich
6Pfitzner: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op. 52 - 4. Allegretto
7Pfitzner: Cello Concerto In G, Op. 42 - 1. Ziemlich Ruhig, Schwebend
8Pfitzner: Cello Concerto In G, Op. 42 - 2. Sehr Langsam: Beschleunigt: Allegro
9Pfitzner: Cello Concerto In G, Op. 42 - 3. Ruhiges Anfangstempo
10Pfitzner: Cello Concerto In G, Op. 42 - 4. A Tempo
11Pfitzner: Cello Concerto In G, Op. 42 - 5. Langsamer A Tempo
12Pfitzner: Duo, Op. 43 - 1. Allegro Moderato
13Pfitzner: Duo, Op. 43 - 2. Moderato
14Pfitzner: Duo, Op. 43 - 3. Ganze Takte
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