Dvořák: Silent Woods

BIS: BIS1947

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Dvořák: Silent Woods

Label:

BIS

Catalogue No:

BIS1947

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th Oct 2012

Barcode:

7318599919478

Length:

64 minutes

Medium:

SACD (download also available)

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel
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Dvořák: Silent Woods

Original works and transcriptions for cello and piano


Dvorak:

Sonatina for violin and piano in G major, Op. 100

Rondo in G minor for cello & piano, Op. 94, B. 171

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55 No. 4

Dobrú noc, má milá (Goodnight, My Darling), Op. 73 No. 1

Polonaise in A major for cello & piano or cello & orchestra, B94

Larghetto in G minor, Op. 75a, No. 4

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Four Songs, Op. 82: No. 1, ‘Leave Me Alone’


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On this disc, Christian Poltéra and Kathryn Stott chart the gradual development in Dvořák’s composition for cello.

The disc includes chamber works that Dvořák composed originally for cello and piano or arranged for the combination including Polonaise in A major, the Rondo in G minor and Silent Woods which was originally a piano duet.

Poltéra also presents his own transcriptions of several violin pieces and songs, including the Violin Sonatina, and Lasst mich allein, alongside the ever-popular Songs My Mother Taught Me and Song to the Moon from Rusalka.

Christian Poltéra and Kathryn Stott are regular chamber music partners and have previously recorded music by Honegger and Frank Martin.

Antonin Dvorak: Violin Sonatina in G major, Op. 100, B. 183 (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

I. Allegro risoluto

II. Larghetto

III. Scherzo: Molto vivace

IV. Finale: Allegro

Antonin Dvorak: Rondo in G minor, Op. 94, B. 171

Rondo in G minor, Op. 94, B. 171

Antonin Dvorak: Klid (Silent Woods), Op. 68, No. 5, B. 173

Klid (Silent Woods), Op. 68, No. 5, B. 173

Antonin Dvorak: Zigeunermelodien, Op. 55, B. 104: No. 4. Als die alte Mutter (Songs my Mother Taught Me) (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

Zigeunermelodien, Op. 55, B. 104: No. 4. Als die alte Mutter (Songs my Mother Taught Me) (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

Antonin Dvorak: In Folk Tone, Op. 73, B. 146 (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

In Folk Tone, Op. 73, B. 146: No. 1. Dobru noc, ma mila (Good-night, my darling) (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

Antonin Dvorak: Polonaise in A major, B. 94

Polonaise in A major, B. 94

Antonin Dvorak: 4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150 (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150: No. 4. Larghetto (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

Antonin Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114, B. 203 (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

Rusalka, Op. 114, B. 203, Act I: Mesicku na nebi hlubokem (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

Antonin Dvorak: 4 Lieder, Op. 82, B. 157 (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

4 Lieder, Op. 82, B. 157: No. 1. Lasst mich allein (Leave Me Alone) (arr. C. Poltera for cello and piano)

Gramophone Magazine

January 2013

“[the Sonatina] works particularly well in its new baritone and tenor register...This attests to both the sensitive way in which Poltera has adapted the music to the cello medium and to the deft and affectionate manner in which he plays it. So natural does the Sonatina sound on the cello that you wonder why Dvorak himself never thought of doing it.”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2013

****

“This recording bathes the listener in a stream of irresistable song that lingers in the memory weeks later. It also proves how well the composer's lyricism translates across timbre and sonority: this 'Song to the Moon' is as searingly effective as any I've heard sung...the recorded sound is ideal.”

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