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  • Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Antonín Dvoák, Ernst von Dohnányi
  • Audio CD (27 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0072A4FM0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104 (Antonín Dvoák) - Raphael Wallfisch/London Symphony Orchestra
2. Konzertstück in D major for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 12 (Ernst von Dohnányi) - Raphael Wallfisch/London Symphony Orchestra

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This month, on the Chandos Classics label, we are re-releasing our recording of Dvoáks Cello Concerto in B minor and the Konzertstück for Cello and Orchestra by Dohnányi (CHAN 8662), performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras, with Raphael Wallfisch the featured soloist.

The Cello Concerto in B minor by Dvoák 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 Hanu Wihan. Initially reluctant, Dvoák 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 Herberts 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. Dvoák combined his experience as an orchestral player with an understanding of the cellos 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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lance Edwards on 10 April 2013
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This is a well regarded version of the immortal cello concerto with a good coupling. I have found it less overblown and with a fresher accompaniment than the Rostropovitch versions. (His best was the old Supraphon recording with Talich). Very well recorded
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2013
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This disc, very well recorded in 1988, has now been remastered using 24 bit technology and issued at a lower price. The recording has been a valued part of my collection since 1989 and offers one of the freshest and most rewarding versions of the Dvorak concerto.

The sound that Chandos has provided has a marked freshness that is totally appropriate. The balance between the soloist and the orchestra seems ideal and allows the listener to follow both elements of the music without artificial highlighting. Mackerras brings an additional authority to the conducting with his known interest in Czech music.

On the subject of the recording itself, the original recording is described as a 16 bit recording and that has now been remastered using 24 bit technology. In effect this means artificial computer creation of sounds beyond the range of the original recording. This is not the same as remastering an analogue recording that genuinely exceeds early 16 bit digital recording technology. In this case, by careful comparison with the original 16 bit disc, there is marginal gain in fullness etc. but hardly worth upgrading for. On less extreme playback machinery it is possible that there would be no detectable improvement. I shall not be investing further on this sort of upgrade from 16 bit digital originals. The same lack of improvement on a Decca 16 bit digital recording has also been apparent.

The performance itself offers both a lively and a sensitive performance with plenty of dialogue between soloist and orchestra. The style is more openly natural in expression and does not offer the sort of subtlety that can be experienced in a Rostropovich performance for example.
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One of the best versions and recordings of the Dvorak especially 28 Oct. 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
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This disc, very well recorded in 1988, has now been remastered using 24 bit technology and issued at a lower price. The recording has been a valued part of my collection since 1989 and offers one of the freshest and most rewarding versions of the Dvorak concerto.

The sound that Chandos has provided has a marked freshness that is totally appropriate. The balance between the soloist and the orchestra seems ideal and allows the listener to follow both elements of the music without artificial highlighting. Mackerras brings an additional authority to the conducting with his known interest in Czech music.

On the subject of the recording itself, the original recording is described as a 16 bit recording and that has now been remastered using 24 bit technology. In effect this means artificial computer creation of sounds beyond the range of the original recording. This is not the same as remastering an analogue recording that genuinely exceeds early 16 bit digital recording technology. In this case, by careful comparison with the original 16 bit disc, there is marginal gain in fullness etc. but hardly worth upgrading for. On less extreme playback machinery it is possible that there would be no detectable improvement. I shall not be investing further on this sort of upgrade from 16 bit digital originals. The same lack of improvement on a Decca 16 bit digital recording has also been apparent.

The performance itself offers both a lively and a sensitive performance with plenty of dialogue between soloist and orchestra. The style is more openly natural in expression and does not offer the sort of subtlety that can be experienced in a Rostropovich performance for example. This has more the sense of freshness that one can also hear in the disc by Harrell and Ashkenazy, another fine offering.

The Dohnanyi is an interesting additional item of some substance. Dohnanyi was a popular composer during his lifetime and was a skilled orchestrator of his music. Those skills are apparent here but this piece is nowhere near as memorable as the very successful Variations on a Nursery Theme for which he is now chiefly remembered. It is clearly not in the same class of inspiration as the Dvorak, one of the best concertos for the cello ever written - some would say THE best!

This is a very fine disc indeed even without considering the Dohnanyi. I would suggest that it deserves to be given the most serious consideration by potential purchasers either as an alternative version for multiple collectors or as a single version of the Dvorak.
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