Elgar & Tchaikovsky – Cello Works

Johannes Moser, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Disillusioned. Grieving. Lamenting. And sinking down into the underworld of the low E. This is how Edward Elgar begins his Cello Concerto, Op. 85. Without further ado, the first five recitative-like bars draw the listener mercilessly into a deeply emotional mood of leavetaking, from which there is no escaping. Twenty years after breaking through as a composer thanks to his Enigma Variations, Elgar achieved a subsequent and final creative climax with his Cello Concerto. The concerto is a swan-song to the world that preceded the “Great War”, as the English term World War I. A world that was lost for ever after four years of widespread slaughter in the trenches, of orgies of violence, of total contempt for all that was human.

Tracklist

1.
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - I. Adagio - Moderato
07:51
2.
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - II. Lento - Allegro molto
04:21
3.
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - III. Adagio
04:57
4.
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro ma non troppo
10:51
5.
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Thema. Moderato assai qu
00:53
6.
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Theme. Moderato simplice
00:56
7.
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 1, Tempo della them
00:51
8.
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 2, Tempo della them
02:54
9.
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 3, Andante
02:23
10.
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 4, Allegro vivo
01:13
11.
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 5, Andante grazioso
01:51
12.
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 6, Allegro moderato
02:01
13.
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 7, Andante sostenut
03:47
14.
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 8 & Coda. Allegro m
01:55
15.
6 Morceaux, Op. 19, TH 133 - No. 4, Nocturne (Version for Cello & Orchestra)
04:12
16.
String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11, TH 111 - II. Andante cantabile (Version for Cello & String
06:47
17.
Pezzo capriccioso in B Minor, Op. 62, TH 62
06:23

Total time: 01:04:06

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Mastering Engineer

Erdo Groot

Producer

Erdo Groot

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot, Karel Bruggeman

Recording location

Victoria Hall, Geneva Switzerland

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64

SKU

PTC5186570

Release Date February 2, 2017
SKU PTC5186570

Press reviews

Audiophile Audition

“This is a recording that realizes the special affinity between these two composers who straddle the late-Romantic/Edwardian boundary. German cellist Johannes Moser and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande deliver an especially fine Cello Concerto in E minor as well as the original version of Peter Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, Op. 33. To this are added substantial cello encores of by the latter composer.

In the concerto, the cello enters famously in mid-sob. One is doubly startled. First, one doesn’t know how know to react seeing a grown man cry. Second, we are overwhelmed by the vivid presence of the multichannel surround sound. We wonder how we got seated among the orchestra itself and whether we will be discovered and sent back to our seats. The entry of the orchestra gives us a complete and detailed sonic image. The Adagio certainly takes us inward into a sadness beyond the personal realm. Even so, the first lyrical subject brings a consoling reprieve. The orchestra, too, seems to be determined to stave off the darkest thoughts. Herr Moser, is careful to keep his vibrato from lugubrious overstatement, which is for the best. Make no mistake, this is music to evoke images of the desolation of Ypres and the Somme. It is not unreasonable to credit Tchaikovsky in the construction of this expressive language.

A compelling pairing of two works by like-minded composers, delivered in stunning DSD. This is a truly great recording which should not be missed.”

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