Martinu & Shostakovich - Cello Concertos
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Cat No: BIS2257
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th June 2017
WorksCello Concerto no.2, H304
Cello Concerto no.2 in G major, op.126
ArtistsChristian Poltera (cello)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Having completed his Cello Concerto No.2 in 1945, Bohuslav Martinů was unsuccessful in his attempts to interest a leading cellist in promoting it. When the composer furthermore reworked his first cello concerto in 1955, the new version effectively obliterated all traces of the 1945 concerto, which didn't receive its first performance until 1965, six years after Martinů’s death. The work is melodious with lyrical qualities, and many have interpreted it as an expression of the nostalgia the composer experienced as an exile in the U.S.A. during the last winter of World War II.
The present disc is a follow-up to Christian Poltéra's critically acclaimed 2016 release, with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, of Martinů's Cello Concerto No.1, coupled with Dvořák's Cello Concerto.
“Cellist Christian Poltéra and conductor Thomas Dausgaard give Dvorak’s Cello Concerto a lusty warmth and spontaneity…but what sets this recording apart is this reading of Martinu’s Cello Concerto No. 1, a hugely appealing work far too rarely performed…Poltéra sustains its cantilenas with a glowing intensity that builds towards a monumental and profound cadenza…this reading stands beside the best” - **** BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
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