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The Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra here performs works by Frank Martin, Arthur Honegger and Othmar Schoeck.
This follows a series of discs from Poltéra that were dedicated to these three composers. His disc of Frank Martin’s music (BISCD1637) was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.
Frank Martin: Cello Concerto
I. Lento - Allegro moderato - Lento
III. Vivace selvaggio ed aspro - Cadenza - Vivace
Arthur Honegger: Cello Concerto
Othmar Schoeck: Cello Concerto, Op. 61
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante tranquillo - Piu lento - Tempo I
IV. Lento - Molto allegro
“Poltera connects convincingly with the overall mood of [the Honegger]...The lyrical interweaving of soloist and orchestra [in the Schoeck] is beautifully realised on this memorable recording...although Poltera enjoys a fairly prominent place on the sound stage, his contributions never hog the limelight unduly. First-rate in every way.”
“Christian Poltéra performs throughout with style and sensitivity. His playing never sounds self-conscious. He delivers bold playing that he projects extremely well. Under Tuomas Hannikainen the Malmö Symphony Orchestra is highly responsive and cannot be faulted.”