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ALISA WEILERSTEIN ‒ BIOGRAPHY
Described by New York magazine as “arguably Yo-Yo Ma’s heiress apparent as sovereign of the American cello” for her natural virtuosic command, technical precision and impassioned musicianship, Alisa Weilerstein was born in 1982 into a distinguished musical family (her father Donald was first violin in the Cleveland Quartet; her mother ... Read more in Amazon's Alisa Weilerstein Store

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  • Audio CD (21 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00GWMRSAU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104 - 1. AllegroAlisa Weilerstein and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek14:42Album Only
Listen  2. Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104 - 2. Adagio ma non troppoAlisa Weilerstein and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek11:22Album Only
Listen  3. Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104 - 3. Finale (Allegro moderato)Alisa Weilerstein and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek12:35Album Only
Listen  4. Dvorák: Lasst Mich Alein, Op.82Alisa Weilerstein and Anna Polonsky 4:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dvorák: Rondo in G minor, Op.94 - version for Cello and Piano - Rondo In G Minor, Op.94Alisa Weilerstein and Anna Polonsky 6:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dvorák: Goin' HomeAlisa Weilerstein and Anna Polonsky 5:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dvorák: Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op.55 No.4Alisa Weilerstein and Anna Polonsky 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dvorák: Silent Woods, Op.68/5 - version for Cello and Piano - Silent WoodsAlisa Weilerstein and Anna Polonsky 5:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dvorák: Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor Op. 46, No. 8Alisa Weilerstein and Anna Polonsky 4:07£0.59  Buy MP3 

Product Description

American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, described by BBC Music Magazine as one of the most extraordinary soloists of her generation, follows her critically acclaimed Decca debut recording of Elgar s Cello Concerto with a vital new interpretation of Dvorak s Cello Concerto, coupled with some of his best-known melodies.

This Dvorak recording casts visionary light on the Czech composer s epic concerto, connecting directly with its passionate heart.

Alisa Weilerstein s all-Dvorak programme includes the haunting melody from his New World Symphony, popularly known as Going Home; his song Lasst mich allein, the beautiful Silent Woods and more...

This album captures the essential spirit of one of the greatest of all Romantic composers, reflecting Dvorak s deep-rooted love for his homeland

Alisa Weilerstein joins forces with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and its Czech Music Director, Jiøí Bìlohlávek in a terrific and deeply authentic musical partnership. This radiant performance of the Cello Concerto was recorded in Prague s Rudolfinum, where Dvorak himself conducted the Czech Philharmonic s inaugural concert in 1896. Other works on the album recorded in the USA Dvorak s adopted second homeland include Rondo in G minor, Songs My Mother Taught Me and Slavonic Dance No.8

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert Roy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2014
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The Dvorak 'cello concerto is one of my all time favourite pieces. There - I've said it! There is something about the soulful, singing line of the 'cello that appeals to me and Dvorak's wonderful concerto gives the instrument free reign to express itself. Over the years, I've attempted to obtain every recording of this work and have generally succeeded. (Thank you, Zoverstocks!).

Although I gave the recent Isserlis recording 5 stars I rather wish I hadn't been quite so hasty since, having got over the initial excitement, I feel it's really only a 4 star disc. Not, IMHO, anything lacking in the solo playing but I do feel the conducting from the inexplicably highly rated Daniel Harding lets the music making down.

Not here! Even before the soloist has entered, Jiri Belohlavek, has set the scene magnificently. Rhythms are well sprung, momentum is established and the sheer Czech character is wonderfully evocative. (My wife, who is a fluent Czech speaker, never tires of telling me that the maestro's name translates as George Whitehead!)

Then the soloist enters. In an age awash with outstanding string players, Ms. Weilerstein is something very special. Her imagination is simply wonderful and she gives each phrase a sense of being newly minted. I could go on and on but I do feel that putting a microscope to this recording would be doing it a gross disservice. It goes without saying that her tone and technique are glorious and her playing is a thing of wonder.

The recording quality is absolutely superb. A real feather in Decca's cap.

I do hope my enthusiasm for this disc is coming through! Having heard literally hundreds of performances of this piece, this is the one to judge all others by.

Glorious!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2014
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I heard Alisa Weilerstein playing chamber music at Spoleto USA last year, and it was impressive. She's a natural communicator, and she brings her skills wonderfully to bear in this recording of the Dvorak Cello Concerto and the six "encores" that fill up the disc. There's nothing bland about this playing -- she can roughen the texture when she thinks it's appropriate; she can give us an almost woodwind-sounding warmth and roundness at other times; and up in the higher reaches there's no loss of body although the sound is pure. So this is a fine recording -- up there in my pantheon with Rostropovich, Lynne Harrell, and the under-rated Heinrich Schiff. If you like things a bit more restrained, Yo-Yo Ma's your man, but I find this wholehearted embrace of the lyricism very appealing. The orchestra is well forward in the picture, with Weilerstein arguably a little too forward herself, but this enables you to hear her playing in the lowest register not getting swallowed up by the orchestra, and I like that texturing. Belohlavek conducts with an ear for the orchestral textures, so that throughout, in the scoring's lighter moments, there's an almost chamber-like interplay. More than with most recordings, you realize with Weilerstein just how much variety there is in the cello part -- it's not just one big swoon. The six "encores" are finely played too, and well accompanied by Anna Polonsky. The "Goin' Home" arrangement is great, of course -- one of the great melodies -- but I liked the variety and spice of the Rondo, and both Polonsky and Weilerstein rattle the rafters in the Slavonic Dance. Maybe best of all, "Silent Woods" receives an intense performance that calls on the whole range of the cello. A very impressive disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paulo V. Petruzzelli on 16 Jan. 2015
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Great music, great performing, astonishing recording from DECCA, fair price... what else could You ask for?! Alisa is a superaltive musician with superb technic, almost lassive passion and inspiration. I just listened to this CD and fell in love imediatly. A must have, even if You do not have a great stereo equipment. Hope I could help.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By genevive on 26 Aug. 2014
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I was disappointed by this performance. Weilerstein's cello is SO far forward that the effect is nothing like you would hear in a concert hall. I suppose it's a record industry thing that every new recording of such masterpieces is trumpeted as 'the best ever'. But in the case of this Cello Concerto a far greater performance by Rostropovich and Karajan is available at less than half the price.
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Wonderful CD, Alisa plays so beautifully and from her heart. Love it.
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