Saint-Saens, Schumann & Tchaikovsky: Works for Cello & Orchestra

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Saint-Saens, Schumann & Tchaikovsky: Works for Cello & Orchestra

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Avie

Catalogue No:

AV2373

Discs:

1

Release date:

18th Aug 2017

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0822252237320

Length:

60 minutes

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Saint-Saens, Schumann & Tchaikovsky: Works for Cello & Orchestra


Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


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Antonio Meneses celebrates the 35th anniversary of winning First Prize and the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, as well as his 60th birthday in August 2017, with his first recordings of three cornerstones of the cello concertante repertoire: Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1, and Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Meneses adds to his distinguished discography with three works with orchestra he has not previously recorded: Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1, and Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. Early, seminal recordings with Herbert von Karajan led to further, phenomenal success and recognition of Antonio's beguiling combination of virtuoso élan and thoughtful introspection. His tenth recording for AVIE, these first concertante recordings form a vital part of his series for the label that includes several cornerstones of the cello repertoire, including Bach's Six Cello Suites, the complete cello music by Beethoven (with pianist Menahem Pressler), the two Haydn concertos, and the Grammy-nominated pairing of concertos by Hans Gál and Edward Elgar for which he was joined by Claudio Cruz and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, as he is on this new release.

Personnel: Antonio Meneses (cello), Royal Northern Sinfonia, Claudio Cruz (conductor)

Critical Acclaim:

"His many facets as a musician have been emblazoned across his commanding recording of the Bach Suites and the poetic phrasing in his Haydn...he manages to maintain a thoughtful elegance and unfussy control that brings out the innate beauty of the music at the same time as displaying the multifarious elements of his own artistry." - Gramophone

"Antonio Meneses is truly the bel canto hero of the cello world: no matter how virtuosic or gnarly the music, he sings it with a sonorous beauty of tone and uncompromised resonance only achieved by a chosen few." - BBC Music Magazine

Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129

I. Nicht zu schnell

II. Langsam

III. Sehr lebhaft

Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Allegretto con moto

III. Molto allegro

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Thema. Moderato assai quasi Andante–Moderato semplice

Var. I. Tempo della thema

Var. II. Tempo della thema

Var. III. Andante sostenuto

Var. IV. Andante grazioso – Un poco animato

Var. V. Allegro moderato – Cadenza

Var. VI. Andante

Variation VII e Coda. Allegro vivo

BBC Music Magazine

October 2017

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“Antonio Meneses delivers technically immaculate and warmly expressive playing throughout these three well-established 19th-century repertoire works…beautifully recorded and very fine performances [benefitting] enormously from the excellent playing of the Royal Northern Sinfonia”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2017

“Meneses’s performance is flexible and trimly played, with plenty of warm tone and an alert accompaniment under Claudio Cruz…In short, this is [a] good programme showcasing an extremely fine cellist which works well as a sequence.”

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