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DVORAK, A.: Cello and Piano Music (Silent Woods) (Poltera, Stott)

DVORAK, A.: Cello and Piano Music (Silent Woods) (Poltera, Stott)

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Kathryn Stott

Soloist

Christian Poltera

Soloist

Venue:

Studio Gartnerstrasse, Berlin, Germany



Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 62:17
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DVORAK, A.: Cello and Piano Music (Silent Woods) (Poltera, Stott)

     
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CHRISTIAN POLTERA

 

Violin Sonatina in G major, Op. 100, B. 183 (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

 
1 I. Allegro risoluto 6:02
 Christian Poltera Soloist
     
 

ANTONIN DVORAK

2 II. Larghetto 4:20
 Christian Poltera Soloist
     
3 III. Scherzo: Molto vivace 3:03
 Christian Poltera Soloist
     
 

CHRISTIAN POLTERA

4 IV. Finale: Allegro 6:08
 Kathryn Stott Soloist
     
 

ANTONIN DVORAK

5 

Rondo in G minor, Op. 94, B. 171

7:24
 Christian Poltera Soloist
     
6 

Klid (Silent Woods), Op. 68, No. 5, B. 173

5:23
 Kathryn Stott Soloist
     
7 

Zigeunermelodien, Op. 55, B. 104: No. 4. Als die alte Mutter (Songs my Mother Taught Me) (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

2:20
 Kathryn Stott Soloist
     
8 

In Folk Tone, Op. 73, B. 146 (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

3:09
 Christian Poltera Soloist
     
9 

Polonaise in A major, B. 94

8:12
 Kathryn Stott Soloist
     
10 

4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150 (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

5:51
 Kathryn Stott Soloist
     
11 

Rusalka, Op. 114, B. 203 (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

5:51
 Kathryn Stott Soloist
     
12 

4 Lieder, Op. 82, B. 157 (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

4:34
 Kathryn Stott Soloist


Antonín Dvorák’s path to his famous cello concerto was long and far from direct. Certainly he had used the instrument to great effect in his orchestral music, but for a long time he doubted its suitability as a solo instrument. To some extent, this disc charts the process of the composer towards the recognition of the full capabilities of the cello, as it includes chamber works that Dvorák composed directly for cello and piano, or arranged for the combination. The earliest of these, although not published until long after the composer’s death, was the Polonaise in A major, a piece lyrical and virtuosic in turns. Some thirteen years later, in 1892, Dvorák composed the Rondo in G minor and arranged Silent Woods, originally a piano duet. Shortly after he also made versions for cello and orchestra of both pieces, almost as if preparing himself for the concerto, which he began writing in 1894. Dvorák’s own practice of arranging existing works has encouraged Christian Poltéra to select a number of the composer’s violin pieces and songs, performing them here in his own transcriptions. These include the Violin Sonatina, from the same time as the Rondo and Silent Woods and originally intended for Dvorák’s own children. Among the songs are Lasst mich allein, which Dvorák quotes it in the slow movement of the cello concerto, and the ever-popular Songs My Mother Taught Me, as well as Rusalka’s Song to the Moon, as eloquent a declaration of love as can be, even when performed without words. Christian Poltéra and Kathryn Stott are regular partners in chamber music, and have previously recorded music by Honegger and Frank Martin together, on discs that have received distinctions such as Diapason d’or, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and ‘10/10’ on web site Classics Today.com

                       Pizzicato Supersonic

 

Pizzicato magazine - February 2013


"...in a recital of appealing warmth."
 
Geoffrey Norris - Gramophone magazine - January 2013

 "Throughout this excellent release, Christian Poltéra cultivates a rich but not cloying tone and considerable dynamic range... All in all, this is a most enjoyable collection."

Colin Anderson - International Record Review - January 2013


                   Performance ****       Recording *****

"...This reading bathes the listener in a stream of irresistable song that lingers in the memory weeks later..."

Helen Wallace - BBC Music magazine - January 2012




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