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British Cello Concertos

British Cello Concertos


Bax:

Cello Concerto

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryden Thomson

Bliss:

Cello Concerto

Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Finzi:

Cello Concerto, Op. 40

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Moeran:

Cello Concerto

Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Norman Del Mar

Stanford:

Irish Rhapsody No. 3 for Cello and Orchestra Op. 13

Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley


This two-album set features British cello concertos from Raphael Wallfisch’s best late-1980s recordings. He has always worked closely with leading British composers of our time and is now regarded as the finest performer of their works for cello. As International Record Review asserted, ‘no British cellist has done more to advocate British composers than Raphael Wallfisch... [His] playing evinces that attention to detail, tonal finesse and understated conviction which has long made him an exponent of new and unfamiliar music.’

Those works are probably among the finest of the twentieth-century British repertoire. The original recordings won enthusiastic reviews, helped by such champions of British composers as Vernon Handley, Norman Del Mar, and Bryden Thomson, here conducting top British orchestras such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and London Philharmonic.

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Chandos 241 - CHAN241-56

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Martinu: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Martinu: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Martinu:

Cello Concerto No. 1, H.196

Cello Concerto No. 2

Concertino for Cello, Winds, Percussion & Piano in C minor, H. 143


Cello Concertos Nos 1 and 2 are fully characteristic of Martinu and exemplary of the influence that France, in particular, had on his composition. They contain some of his best music and are here complemented by an early Cello Concertino.

This popular recording by Raphael Wallfisch and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Jirí Belohlávek is now available on the Chandos Classics label. The repertoire is rarely recorded and the disc will prove attractive on the market, at a highly competitive price.

‘All in all, a most attractive recording, which can easily serve as the sole representative of this music in anyone’s collection.’ Fanfare

‘Whatever else may be on your “must” list of classical CDs to buy, move it all down a notch and put this one on top. The two full-scale Martinu concertos on this disc can stand honourably with the few cello concertos ever programmed. Wallfisch brings a compelling mix of technical first and expressive insight… Not enough can be said for Chandos’ vibrant recording which puts real life-blood in the cello sound.’ ‘Disc of the Month’, CD Review

“Recorded in 1991, Wallfisch's consummate virtuosity and considerable lyrical gifts illuminate Martinu's solo writing like no other.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

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Chandos Classics - CHAN10547X

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Finzi: Violin & Cello Concertos

Finzi: Violin & Cello Concertos


Finzi:

Cello Concerto, Op. 40

Raphael Wallfisch (cello)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Violin Concerto

Tasmin Little (violin)

Prelude for string orchestra, Op. 25

Romance for string orchestra, Op. 11


“Keenly felt, emotional reading…performance is passionate…” BBC Music Magazine

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Chandos Classics - CHAN10425X

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Prokofiev: Divertimento, Op. 43, etc.

Prokofiev:

Divertimento, Op. 43

Sinfonia Concertante in E minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 125

Raphael Wallfisch (cello)

Sinfonietta, Op. 5/48


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Chandos Classics - CHAN10312X

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Moeran: Orchestral Works

Moeran: Orchestral Works


Moeran:

Violin Concerto

Lydia Mordkovitch (violin)

Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Lonely Waters

Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Whythorne's Shadow

Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley

Cello Concerto

Raphael Wallfisch (cello)

Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Norman Del Mar


Rec. Dorset 1986, Belfast 1990

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Chandos Classics - CHAN10168X

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Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Dvorak: Cello Concerto


Dohnányi:

Konzertstück in D major for Cello and Orchestra Op. 12

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104


This month, on the Chandos Classics label, we are re-releasing our recording of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor and the Konzertstück for Cello and Orchestra by Dohnányi (CHAN8662), performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras, with Raphael Wallfisch the featured soloist.

The Cello Concerto in B minor by Dvořák has become one of his most popular works, and perhaps the most popular concerto ever written for the instrument. He was asked to write this piece by a friend of Wagner, the cellist Hanuš Wihan. Initially reluctant, Dvořák stated that the cello was indeed a fine orchestral instrument but totally insufficient for a solo concerto. Fortunately, he changed his mind upon hearing Victor Herbert’s Second Cello Concerto performed in concert, in 1894. The resulting Cello Concerto is richly inventive, full of deep feeling, and perfectly fitted to the cello. Dvořák combined his experience as an orchestral player with an understanding of the cello’s distinct textural qualities to produce a grand and emotionally intense work, one of his finest achievements.

Ernst von Dohnányi was highly acclaimed as a pianist-composer, and widely regarded during his lifetime as a successor to Liszt. As a composer, however, he had more in common with Brahms than with Liszt, despite his Hungarian heritage, and his creative output was not limited to the piano. His Konzertstück in D major is in fact a full-scale cello concerto, in three interconnected parts. A lyrical rhapsody, it begins quietly, the cello emerging out of the orchestra and seeming to sing, until parting with a sense of regret at the end.

“Expectations run high for any disc of Charles Mackerras conducting Dvořák, and this one doesn't disappoint. He is at the top of his game here, and with an orchestra and soloist to match...Wallfisch's reading of the Dvořák brings Rostropovich to mind. Like Rostropovich, he has a glowing, bronzed tone” MusicWeb International, May 2012

Building a Library

Recommendation available on single CD - June 2012

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Chandos Classics - CHAN10715X

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Leighton: Cello Concerto & Symphony No. 3

Leighton: Cello Concerto & Symphony No. 3


Leighton:

Cello Concerto, Op. 31

Raphael Wallfisch (cello)

Symphony No. 3 ‘Laudes musicae' for tenor solo & orchestra

Neil Mackie (tenor)


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Chandos Classics - CHAN10307X

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Britten: Cello Symphony & Suite from Death in Venice

Britten: Cello Symphony & Suite from Death in Venice


Britten:

Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68

Raphael Wallfisch (cello)

Death in Venice: suite


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Chandos Classics - CHAN10274X

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Strauss, R: Symphony No. 2, Op. 12, etc.

Strauss, R:

Symphony No. 2, Op. 12

Romance for cello & orchestra in F major, AV 75

Raphael Wallfisch (cello)

Brentano Lieder (6) Op. 68

Eileen Hulse (soprano)


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Chandos Classics - CHAN10236X

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Kabelevsky - Concertos

Kabelevsky - Concertos


Kabalevsky:

Violin Concerto in C major, Op. 48

Lydia Mordkovitch (violin)

Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 77

Raphael Wallfisch (cello)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryden Thomson


“Ingenuity and Chandos are inseparable when it comes to harnessing and re-harnessing recordings” MusicWeb International, 11th August 2016

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Chandos - CHAN10011

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