Hänssler CLASSIC is proud to the gifted, young cellist Valentin Radutiu. Born in Munich in 1986, Radutiu has studied with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna and since 2007 he has been a member of David Geringas’ cello studio at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. Radutiu has won several regional and international prizes, the most prestigious of which is the "Ton und Erklärung" music prize awarded by the Cultural Committee of German Business.
Though still in his 20s, the young Radutiu has already tackled a considerable range of repertoire from Bach to the World Premiere of a specially commissioned work by Avant Garde composer Peter Ruzicka.
For his debut recording for hänssler CLASSIC, Radutiu has chosen a program of French rarities and oddities, spanning the late Romantic and early 20th century. The earliest, Lalo’s broadly scored Sonata in A Minor is all that one might expect from a French Romantic chamber work - exquisite craftsmanship, finely shaped melodies and a certain reserve. Albéric Magnard’s late sonata may be a new piece for many listeners, and upon hear it, one can only wonder at its neglect. Stylistically, Magnard approach is a stylistic fusion somewhere between Franck and Mahler - a soundscape ideally suited for the combination of cello and piano. The final work will also come as a surprise: Ravel’s jazz-inspired Violin Sonata in an arrangement for cello!
Music ***½ (Good) Sound ***½ (Good)
Christoph Vratz - Fono Forum magazine - April 2013
"...Radutiu and Rundberg play with remarkable unity. The cellist might have a little more variety in his use of vibrato, but technically he is flawless; and the pianist and he see note to note about when to do what and how... This program works. We progress from the lively but somewhat undecided Lalo through the decided but unsatisfied magnard to the gradually more and more decided and freedom-loving Ravel. This is the way the world should end, not with a whimper or a bang, but with pie in the sky and dance till you drop! Try it!"
David W Moore - American Record Guide - January/February 2013
"This is musically a most impressive recording and I recommend it warmly ..."
Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review - November 2012
"...those who fancy exploring off the beaten track, this is strongly recommended."
Duncan Druce - Gramophone magazine - November 2012