Lutoslawski & Dutilleux – Cello Concertos

Johannes Moser

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

This album features cello concertos by Witold Lutos?awski and Henri Dutilleux performed by the multiple prize-winning German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by Thomas Søndergård. These works, premiered in 1970, are two of the biggest gems of the twentieth century, the golden age of the cello. While equally virtuosic and engaging, both pieces showcase different aspects of the musical landscape of the late twentieth century. Lutos?awski’s concerto explores the possibilities of chance composition in the form of a duel between the solo cello and a ferocious orchestral accompaniment, in which the individual ultimately prevails. In comparison, soloist and ensemble work together more smoothly in Henri Dutilleux’ “Tout un monde lontain”. In this “cello concerto”, the composer invokes a mystical “world from afar”, inspired by Baudelaire quotes and full of allusions to French musical greats such as Debussy and Messiaen, while simultaneously sounding unmistakably Dutilleuxian.

This is Moser’s fourth album as an exclusive PENTATONE artist, after releases with the cello concertos of Dvo?ak and Lalo (2015), Elgar and Tchaikovsky (2017) and works for cello and piano by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev (2016, awarded with a diapason d’or and ECHO Klassik 2017). The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin has an even longer track record with PENTATONE, including albums with Vladimir Jurowski (Mahler/Strauss 2017, Schnittke 2015) Jakub Hr?ša (Bartók/Kodály 2018) and Marek Janowski (complete Wagner operas, 2011-2013).

Tracklist

1.
Cello Concerto - I. Introduction
05:36
2.
Cello Concerto - II. 4 Episodes
07:14
3.
Cello Concerto - III. Cantilena
05:39
4.
Cello Concerto - IV. Finale
06:29
5.
Cello Concerto 'Tout un monde lointain' - I. Enigme. Tres libre et flexible
07:02
6.
Cello Concerto 'Tout un monde lointain' - II. Regard. Extremement calme
06:56
7.
Cello Concerto 'Tout un monde lointain' - III. Houles. Large et ample
04:27
8.
Cello Concerto 'Tout un monde lointain' - IV. Miroirs. Lent et extatique
05:22
9.
Cello Concerto 'Tout un monde lointain' - V. Hymne. Allegro
04:53

Total time: 00:53:38

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DSD 64

Release Date November 2, 2018

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