Elgar & Tchaikovsky - Cello Works (2017)

Elgar, Tchaikovsky

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Johannes Moser

Andrew Manze

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.

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Andrew Manze

Andrew Manze is “a violinist with extraordinary flair and improvisatory freedom” (BBC Music Magazine), “the first modern superstar of the baroque violin” (San Francisco Examiner).

As a player, he specializes in repertoire from 1610 to 1830; as a conductor, he is much in demand among both period- and modern-instrument orchestras around the world. He also teaches, edits music, contributes articles to numerous periodicals, and broadcasts regularly on radio and television. He is a presenter on BBC Radio’s new Early Music Show.

A Cambridge Classicist by training, Andrew Manze studied the violin with Simon Standage and Marie Leonhardt. He was Associate Director of The Academy of Ancient Music from 1996 to 2003, and succeeded Trevor Pinnock as Artistic Director of The English Concert in July of that year. He is also Artist-in-residence at the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. In his new role at The English Concert, Andrew will move into Classical repertoire, including Mozart’s violin concertos, orchestral works and reorchestrations of Handel’s oratorios, while continuing to perform baroque repertoire. 2003 saw his debut tour of the UK with The English Concert, a televized concert at the London Proms and a filmed reconstruction of Handel’s Water Music on the River Thames for the BBC. In their first prize-winning recording together, Manze led The English Concert in a dazzling Mozart program, including Eine kleine Nachtmusik (hmu 907280).

Andrew Manze is also active as a guest conductor in large-scale oratorio and symphonic repertoire, with symphony, chamber and period-instrument orchestras in Europe, the US and Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music, London; his cadenzas to Mozart’s violin concertos were recently published by Breitkopf & Ha?rtel.

Manze records exclusively for harmonia mundi usa and has released an astonishing variety of CDs. Recordings made with the trio Romanesca (Biber, Schmelzer, Vivaldi), The Academy of Ancient Music (including Bach violin concertos, Geminiani and Handel concerti grossi), and as a soloist (Telemann, Tartini), have garnered many international prizes: the Gramophone, Edison and Cannes Classical Awards, the Premio Internazionale del Disco Antonio Vivaldi and the Diapason d’Or—each of them twice. Since 1984 his collaboration with Richard Egarr has been setting new standards. Their discography includes sonatas by Rebel and Bach (both awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and Pandolfi’s complete Violin Sonatas (Gramophone Award, 2000). Their recording of the complete Violin Sonatas of Handel was nominated for a 2003 Grammy ® Award, and figured in the US Billboard ® Chart. Their previous release, Corelli’s Sonatas Op.5, has received unanimous rave reviews, was Gramophone’s Recording of the Month and won the 2003 Prix Caecilia. Their next release will be of Mozart sonatas.

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet, permanent conductor until 1967, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, with its 112 permanent musicians, ensures subscription concerts in Geneva and Lausanne, the City of Geneva symphony concerts, the annual fund-raising concert for the UN, as well as opera performances at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Its reputation has been built up over the years thanks to its historic recordings and its interpretation of 20th-century French and Russian repertoire.

The orchestra's Music and Artistic Director will be Jonathan Nott from the 2016-2017 season. Its Principal Guest Conductor is Japanese maestro Kazuki Yamada.

Under the guidance of its founding conductor and subsequent music directors (Paul Kletzki 1967- 1970, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1970-1980, Horst Stein 1980-1985, Armin Jordan 1985-1997, Fabio Luisi 1997-2002, Pinchas Steinberg 2002-2005, Marek Janowski 2005-2012, Neeme Järvi, 2012-2015), the world-famous Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is an active contributor to the history of music through the discovery or support of leading contemporary composers. The pieces by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Benjamin Britten, Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell or Richard Dubugnon were premiered in Geneva by the OSR. It is  one of its important mission: supporting the symphonic creation, and particularly the Swiss one. The OSR is a partner of Pro Helvetia until 2017 for the project “Oeuvres suisses”

 

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Elgar & Tchaikovsky - Cello Works (2017)

Elgar, Tchaikovsky

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Johannes Moser

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"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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Elgar & Tchaikovsky - Cello Works (2017)

Elgar, Tchaikovsky

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Johannes Moser

Mastering Engineer: Erdo Groot
Producer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Karel Bruggeman
Recording location: Victoria Hall, Geneva Switzerland
Recording Software: Merging
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Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - I. Adagio - Moderato
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Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - II. Lento - Allegro molto
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Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - III. Adagio
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Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 - IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro ma non troppo
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Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Thema. Moderato assai qu
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Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Theme. Moderato simplice
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Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 1, Tempo della them
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Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 2, Tempo della them
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Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 3, Andante
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Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 4, Allegro vivo
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Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 5, Andante grazioso
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Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 6, Allegro moderato
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Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 7, Andante sostenut
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Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33, TH 57 (Original Version) - Var. 8 & Coda. Allegro m
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6 Morceaux, Op. 19, TH 133 - No. 4, Nocturne (Version for Cello & Orchestra)
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String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11, TH 111 - II. Andante cantabile (Version for Cello & String
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Pezzo capriccioso in B Minor, Op. 62, TH 62
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