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Classical - Released January 3, 2020 | CPO

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Classical - Released July 3, 2020 | CPO

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Mieczysław Weinberg, a composer whose extraordinarily prolix repertoire contains over five hundred works, has been resurfacing over the years after being lost to history. Born in Warsaw in 1919, Weinberg suffered the brunt of Hitler’s hatred and had to flee to the USSR, but his entire family remained behind and were subsequently killed in Nazi concentration camps. He was soon forced to flee once again, this time hiding in Uzbekistan, where he was supported by Shostakovich but was still the victim of anti-Semitic persecution. The power of Weinberg’s music was recognised by many great Soviet musicians who then spread the word in the 1960s for others to play it. He died in great poverty in Moscow, 1996, due to ill health. As the number of musicians performing his works has increased in recent years, his musical stature has now risen to the same level as that of Shostakovich and Bartók. The works recorded here are part of an edition devoted to cello concertos composed by exiled Jewish composers, under the patronage of English cellist Raphael Wallfisch. Written in 1948 and premiered by Rostropovich, the meditative, sombre and tense Cello Concerto, Op. 43, gradually integrated itself into the repertoire of a new generation of performers. The Concertino, which was composed the same year in record time, wasn’t premiered until 2017 and merges Jewish folklore with Polish folk music. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released November 1, 2014 | Lyrita

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Chamber Music - Released January 3, 2020 | Lyrita

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Classical - Released April 1, 2016 | Naxos

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Classical - Released January 6, 2015 | Naxos

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Classical - Released June 7, 2019 | CPO

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Chamber Music - Released May 5, 2017 | Nimbus Records

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica
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Classical - Released January 1, 2014 | Nimbus Alliance

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Classical - Released May 27, 2016 | Chandos

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Classical - Released June 3, 2014 | Naxos

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This release appears to be a sampler of several albums of British cello-and-piano music recorded between 2005 and 2010 for the British Music Society in presumably a single limited-edition run. Lovers of 20th century chamber music will be glad to have it, for the composers represented are sparsely heard even in Britain; William Busch, who died in 1945 after walking through a snowstorm to return to his young son, does not even appear on Wikipedia. All four of the works, even the Cello Sonata No. 2 of Arnold Cooke, composed in 1980, are in a conservative tonal idiom, but "Romantic" would not be quite the right word. The influence of Shostakovich, who had been proclaimed the greatest composer in the world by William Walton, looms over most of these works, which are heavily contrapuntal. The Partita, Op. 35, of Kenneth Leighton, from 1959, consists of an Elegy, a Scherzo, and a theme and six variations; it could be programmed profitably along with a cello sonata by Shostakovich or Prokofiev. The most purely Brahmsian piece is the Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 66, of the curiously named William Wordsworth, which achieves an epic intensity and does not really feel conservative. Nothing here is of earthshaking importance, but all four pieces have personality and did not deserve the oblivion to which they were consigned by a dictatorial modernism. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca (UMO)

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Classical - Released January 2, 2005 | Naxos

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What Mozart did for the concerto for piano and orchestra, Boccherini did for the concerto for cello and orchestra, because like Mozart, Boccherini created a genre. For Boccherini, the cello concerto was filled with graceful, lyrical melodies; lightly dancing rhythms; and brightly colored accompaniments. In his series of recordings of the complete cello concertos, Raphael Wallfisch has made the best possible case for Boccherini's achievement. In this third volume, Wallfisch performs what were thought to be Boccherini's three final works in the genre plus a recently discovered work of possibly later vintage. Wallfisch's tone is brilliant, his technique is virtuosic, and his interpretations are infectious. Nicholas Ward and the Northern Chamber Orchestra are relaxed and confident. Naxos' sound is clear, warm, and full. © TiVo
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Chamber Music - Released February 7, 2020 | Nimbus Records

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Classical - Released December 1, 2018 | Lyrita

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The reputation of English composer Rebecca Clarke has been on the upswing, with the pianist John York, heard on this album, among various musicians supervising performing editions of her work. Her Viola Sonata of 1919 is one of her best-known works, and despite the fact that Clarke herself was a violist, it may benefit from the recasting here for cello and piano, made by Clarke. The muscular, passionate take on French Impressionism that characterizes this work and the Rhapsody for cello and piano of 1923 is brought out well by the cello in the case of the sonata. Sample the sonata's opening "Impetuoso" movement for an idea. There are lots of other attractions here as well: examples of the later, folk-influenced phase of Clarke's career in the lovely Passacaglia on an Old English Tune and I'll Bid My Heart Be Still, and an unusual example of a contemporary work that directly addresses one of its near predecessors, York's Dialogue with Rebecca Clarke (2007), which weaves motifs from the sonata with original music. Cellist Raphael Wallfisch has the right big, melodic sound for this material, and with fine sound from Lyrita (recorded at an unidentified location), this is a standout among the group of Clarke recordings from the mid-2010s. © TiVo
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Cello Concertos - Released February 9, 1995 | Naxos

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Concertos - Released February 9, 1995 | Naxos

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Classical - Released February 13, 1995 | Naxos

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Cello Concertos - Released July 6, 2018 | CPO

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Born in 1911 and 1903 respectively, these German composers – who were, unfortunately for them, born Jewish – Franz Reizenstein and Berthold Goldschmidt were exiled from Germany in 1934 and 1935, but their stories were very different. From 1932 Goldschmidt had made a serious name for himself following the performance of one of his operas in Mannheim. But he was already 29 and had some serious musical and social baggage behind him, not only in the form of a job assisting Erich Kleiber at the Berlin production of Wozzeck. So when he came to Britain, he was already well-regarded. But the unfortunate Reizenstein was only 21 when he came to London, where he wanted to continue the studies he had started with Hindemith in Berlin... Happily for him, he found a space under the benevolent wing of Vaughan Williams, and eventually took English nationality and even became a teacher in the Royal College of Music. As for Goldschmidt, who was already famous and whose opera The Magnificent Cuckold was to have been first performed in 1933 – an ill-fated year – he found himself classed as a "degenerate artist", which prompted his departure shortly after. Neither of the two composers would give into the atonal, serialist Schönbergian torrent, let alone the post-war avant-garde: and so their music was soon thought of as old hat... Goldschmidt even quit composing in 1958, and didn't return to it until the end of his life, once the serialist dictatorship had fallen amid much derision. The two cello concertos supplied here by the great Raphael Wallfisch were written and performed in the 1950s, and then largely forgotten for decades, in spite of the support of the equally-great Feuermann. Here, we find a language which is at once classical and modern, in the tradition of Hindemith and Vaughan Williams, and surely Shostakovitch too – these are works that richly deserve a rediscovery. Unlike the Reizenstein concerto, the Goldschmidt one is not a world premiere. © SM/Qobuz