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Cello Concertos - To be released June 30, 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

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Cello Concertos - Released June 16, 2017 | Ars Produktion

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After an acclaimed first album dedicated to rarer Lalo and Milhaud concert works, French-Swiss cellist Nadège Rochat decided to cross the Channel and focus on three insular works, two from English composers – Walton and the unmissable Elgar, for whom there is no lack of musical competition! – and another from an Irish composer, Ina Boyle (1889-1967) whose music is slowly gaining in popularity. After facing anti-feminine ostracism her whole life as a woman who dared writing music despite support from Vaughan Williams, she is now honoured by a – female – high calibre soloist who is able to give her 1913 Elegy all its flavours, both romantic and contemplating, arguably close to the work of Rachmaninoff. As for Walton’s 1956 Concerto – a work of maturity – it is, much like each of the composer’s rare works, a unique masterpiece: powerful, seductive, original, uncompromising with regards to surrounding modernism, and yet so modern. Finally Elgar’s 1919 Concerto, a hit in the British repertoire, was more or less his last masterpiece: from the moment his wife passed away in 1920 until his own death in 1934, he indeed spent most of his time riding his bike, being driven around in his car by his chauffeur,  and travelling the world. He also recorded his own works, developing more and more effective sound engineering techniques. Nadège Rochat dives in with passion into this repertoire, which she has mastered to perfection! © SM/Qobuz  
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Cello Concertos - Released April 28, 2017 | Musique en Wallonie

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Violin Concertos - Released April 21, 2017 | Orchid Classics

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Precisely the year John Adams was born, 1947, none else than Heifetz premiered Korngold’s Violin Concerto which star-violinist Ilya Gringolts plays on this Album, together with Adams’ own Concerto written 1993. Stylistically, these two works are polar opposites, but with a common emphasis on melody – and a common rejection of the ascendancy of atonality and serial techniques. John Adams is a composer who does not like to be pinned down. Being branded a minimalist has not suited him any better than did the confines of his training in the twelve-tone system while he was a student at Harvard. The term itself is a bit of a misnomer, and one might prefer the term “Pattern and Process” music, which highlights the tendency of these composers to set patterns in motion within dense, rhythmically complex textures, and then gradually morph these patterns over time. In the case of his Violin Concerto, the metamorphoses are so subtle that it is well-nigh impossible to trace any repetitive principle whatever, even though it is present. As for Korngold’s Violin Concerto, it might also be called “hypermelodic”. The composer himself noted that the concerto, “with its many melodic and lyric episodes, was contemplated rather for a Caruso of the violin than for a Paganini.” Written at a time in music history where atonality held nearly undisputed sway in musically sophisticated circles (Korngold’s music is emphatically tonal, if harmonically complex), the work was the first in what Korngold hoped would be his triumphant return to concert music, after a long and celebrated career as Hollywood’s preeminent film composer. The piece contains material in each of its three movements from several of Korngold’s film scores; but it would have been a pity indeed to waste such exquisite melodies to a mere movie, and self-recycling of good materials has been around for centuries, even Bach himself being a great self-recycler, an irrefutable role-modem. (c) SM/Qobuz
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Concertos - Released April 21, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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Concertos - Released April 7, 2017 | CPO

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Concertos - Released March 17, 2017 | RCO Live

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Concertos - Released March 17, 2017 | NEOS Music

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Concertos - Released March 10, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Keyboard Concertos - Released March 1, 2017 | Brilliant Classics

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Keyboard Concertos - Released February 17, 2017 | Decca

Keyboard Concertos - Released February 17, 2017 | Decca

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Cello Concertos - Released February 3, 2017 | PentaTone

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The profoundly moving, elegiac lyricism of Elgar and the wistful charm and brilliance of Tchaikovsky are on full display in this irresistible new Pentatone release. Composed at the end of the First World War, Elgar’s powerful Cello Concerto in E minor is one of his best-loved and most deeply-felt works. The soloist’s wrenching chords which open the work announce a mood of profound resignation and loss; gone is the youthful swagger of his earlier works, replaced instead with lonely introspection and longing, especially in the sublimely beautiful Adagio. The cello is given free rein in the vigorous final movement but the opening mood prevails as an anguished outburst from the cello brings the work to a close. No such dejection hangs over Tchaikovsky’s delightful Variations on a Rococo Theme which ooze elegance, ineffable charm and daring displays of technical brilliance. While the Pezzo capriccioso finds Tchaikovsky in a more restrained mood, with the Nocturne and Andante Cantabile he wears his romantic heart full on his sleeve. The great Russian writer Leon Tolstoy is said to have wept when he heard the Andante Cantabile and its sumptuous theme shows Tchaikovsky’s unerring gift for haunting melodies. It remains a special gem in the repertoire. The cellist Johannes Moser is no stranger to these works. Winner of the top prize at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, he was also awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Variations on a Rococo Theme. Described by Gramophone as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists” and by The Lo Angeles Times as a musician who “…connects with the audience in a way that only great artists do”, this is Moser’s third outing for Pentatone. His first album of concertos by Dvořák and Lalo was widely praised for his “performance of enormous flair and effervescence” (BBC Music Magazine). (A Pentatone Introduction)
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Concertos - Released January 27, 2017 | Ad Vitam records

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