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Elgar & Tchaikovsky: Cello Works with Orchestra

Johannes Moser, Suisse Romande, Andrew Manze

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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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Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 (Edward Elgar)

1
I. Adagio - Moderato
00:07:52

Edward Elgar, Composer - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

2
II. Lento - Allegro molto
00:04:21

Edward Elgar, Composer - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

3
III. Adagio
00:04:58

Edward Elgar, Composer - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

4
IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro ma non troppo
00:11:00

Edward Elgar, Composer - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) (Pyotr Illitch Tchaïkovski)

5
Thema. Moderato assai quasi andante
00:00:54

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

6
Theme. Moderato simplice
00:00:57

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

7
Var. 1, Tempo della thema
00:00:52

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

8
Var. 2, Tempo della thema
00:02:55

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

9
Var. 3, Andante
00:02:23

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

10
Var. 4, Allegro vivo
00:01:13

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

11
Var. 5, Andante grazioso
00:01:51

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

12
Var. 6, Allegro moderato
00:02:01

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

13
Var. 7, Andante sostenuto
00:03:46

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

14
Var. 8 & Coda. Allegro moderato con anima
00:02:03

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

6 Morceaux, Op. 19, TH 133 (Pyotr Illitch Tchaïkovski)

15
No. 4, Nocturne (Version for Cello & Orchestra)
00:04:22

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (version for cello and string orchestra) (Pyotr Illitch Tchaïkovski)

16
II. Andante cantabile (Version for Cello & String Orchestra)
00:06:54

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

Pezzo capriccioso in B Minor, Op. 62, TH 62 (Pyotr Illitch Tchaïkovski)

17
Pezzo capriccioso in B Minor, Op. 62, TH 62
00:06:23

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Andrew Manze, Conductor - Johannes Moser, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2017 PENTATONE (P) 2017 PENTATONE

Album Description

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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