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Britten - Cello Symphony/ Cello Suite No.1

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2010

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Flanders Symphony Orchestra

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Seikyo Kim


Pieter Wispelwey

cello

Venue:

Doopsgezinde kerk, Deventer, The Netherlands

21 Jan 2010

De Singel, Antwerp, Belgium

29 Nov 2009

Producer:

Peter Wispelwey


Daan van Aalst



Engineer:

Daan van Aalst

(Cello Suite No.1)

Johan Kennivé

(Cello Symphony)

Record Label
Onyx

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 63:26
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Cello Symphony Op.68 *

 
1 I Allegro maestoso 12:55
2 II Presto inquieto 4:04
3 III Adagio - cadenza ad lib. 12:09
4 IV Passacaglia: Andante allegro 7:39
   
 

Cello Suite No.1 Op.72

 
5 I Canto primo 2:38
6 II Fuga 4:25
7 III Lamento 2:53
8 IV Canto secondo 1:16
9 V Serenata 2:32
10 VI Marcia 4:04
11 VII Canto terzo 2:19
12 VIII Bordone 3:02
13 IX Moto perpetuo e Canto quarto 3:30
   

Britten: Cello Symphony; Cello Suite – Pieter Wispelwey, Flanders SO, Kim.

‘The Cello Symphony, one of four works Britten dedicated to Rostropovich, is one of his grittiest compositions, and even its dedicatee seemed to regard it with respect rather than love. The Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey has found his way to its heart and this recording in partnership with Seikyo Kim’s Flanders Symphony Orchestra could well persuade many doubters that it is the masterpiece its admirers claim. Wispelwey captures the mysterious atmosphere of the music, ranging from sinister and pessimistic to almost flippant. He also gives a masterly account of Britten’s First Cello Suite.’

Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph

‘The cello repertory has painfully few immortal concertos – hardly more than those by Schumann, Dvorák, Elgar and Shostakovich, supplemented by Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Strauss’s Don Quixote – but Britten’s Cello Symphony, written along with his three solo suites for Rostropovich, is on the list. The sensibility is relentlessly astringent, the writing shot through with a Dowlandish melancholy, even though the textures are transparent and even expressionistically vibrant. The balance between soloist and orchestra seems on a knife edge, but Wispelwey and the conductor Seikyo Kim maintain a fierce control. It’s a captivating account.

Paul Driver, The Sunday Times





Pieter Wispelwey’s first recording of Britten’s Cello Symphony, of which he says: ’What a formidable powerhouse of a piece. For me now, this masterpiece stands among the very best in the cello concerto repertoire’. The Cello Symphony is coupled here with a masterful account of the 1st Suite for solo cello.
 

"...Whilst the Cello Symphony is for many one of Britten’s most difficult pieces, Pieter Wispelwey’s passionate account is an extremely good place to try and get inside it, while the Suite builds further his reputation as a highly accomplished and dedicated advocate of the composer."

Ben Hogwood
 

theclassicalsource.com - 18 December 2010

"...This is a great recording, one that you shouuld not pass up"

Jerry Dubins

Fanfare - January/February 2011

"...his [Wispelwey] appreciation for Britten’s idiom is impressive and both these performances, recorded live in Belgium and the Netherlands at the turn of the year, are deeply considered."

Richard Fairman

Gramophone - Awards Issue 2010

Highly Recommended

Performance  *****      Recording *****

Helen Wallace

 

BBC Music Magazine - October 2010

"The cello repertory has painfully few immortal concertos – hardly more than those by Schumann, Dvorák, Elgar and Shostakovich, supplemented by Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Strauss’s Don Quixote – but Britten’s Cello Symphony, written along with his three solo suites for Rostropovich, is on the list. The sensibility is relentlessly astringent, the writing shot through with a Dowlandish melancholy, even though the textures are transparent and even expressionistically vibrant. The balance between soloist and orchestra seems on a knife edge, but Wispelwey and the conductor Seikyo Kim maintain a fierce control. It’s a captivating account."

Paul Driver
 

The Sunday Times

"The Cello Symphony, one of four works Britten dedicated to Rostropovich, is one of his grittiest compositions, and even its dedicatee seemed to regard it with respect rather than love. The Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey has found his way to its heart and this recording in partnership with Seikyo Kim’s Flanders Symphony Orchestra could well persuade many doubters that it is the masterpiece its admirers claim. Wispelwey captures the mysterious atmosphere of the music, ranging from sinister and pessimistic to almost flippant. He also gives a masterly account of Britten’s First Cello Suite."

Michael Kennedy

The Sunday Telegraph



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