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The Romantic Cello Concerto, Vol. 2 Volkmann, Dietrich, Gernsheim & Schumann [CD]

Alban Gerhardt , Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin , Hannu Lintu , Various Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (29 Jan 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000LV6CLE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro moderato - Tranquillo e ben in tempo - Piu allegro - Allegro vivace - Tempo 1
2. Allegro
3. Romanze: Andante espressivo
4. Finale: Allegro, un poco maestoso - Cadenza (Friedrich Grutzmacher) - Tempo
5. Allegro non troppo - Vivo e con fuoco
6. Larghetto
7. Vivo e con fuoco (come sopra) - Animato, ma non troppo
8. Nicht Zu Schnell
9. Langsam
10. Sehr Lebhaft

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is Volume Two of a series of recordings of mostly rare Romantic cello concerti played by cellist Alban Gerhardt accompanied by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu. Of course the Schumann Cello Concerto, included on this disc, is hardly rare but it doesn't figure among the commonest cello concerti one hears in concert either. From the time of its premiere in 1850 it has also taken plenty of hits from critics sniping at its thick orchestration and formal oddities. But there are marvelous recordings by the likes of Rostropovich and du Pré. Those recordings tend to present the concerto as Important Music and thus are played with emphasis and great emotion. This performance by Gerhardt tends to be a bit lighter and less self-important. That is an acceptable approach and indeed I think the concerto may gain by it.

The three other concerti, though, are almost completely forgotten, unjustly so. They may not require frequent outings but they do deserve to be heard as all three of them contain memorable, enjoyable music. The concerto by Robert Volkmann (1815-1883), written shortly after Schumann's but actually premiered before it, is in four linked movements played without pause. It is possibly the most virtuosic of the three non-Schumann works here. Albert Dietrich (1839­1916) wrote his concerto in the 1870s. It is the most dramatic of the three non-Schumann concerti but doesn't actually dig too deeply. Friedrich Gernsheim's concerto was written in 1906 but could easily have been written fifty years earlier. It is tuneful and neatly written for the solo instrument. It is brief, with three movements lasting only thirteen minutes. Although in G minor it does not display much of the drama or anxiety often heard in late romantic music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Performances of Rarely Heard Romantic Cello Concerti 7 July 2007
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is Volume Two of a series of recordings of mostly rare Romantic cello concerti played by cellist Alban Gerhardt accompanied by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu. Of course the Schumann Cello Concerto, included on this disc, is hardly rare but it doesn't figure among the commonest cello concerti one hears in concert either. From the time of its premiere in 1860 -- ten years after it was written -- it has also taken plenty of hits from critics sniping at its thick orchestration and formal oddities. But there are marvelous recordings by the likes of Rostropovich and du Pré. Those recordings tend to present the concerto as Important Music and thus are played with emphasis and great emotion. This performance by Gerhardt tends to be a bit lighter and less self-important. That is an acceptable approach and indeed I think the concerto may gain by it.

The three other concerti, though, are almost completely forgotten, unjustly so. They may not require frequent outings but they do deserve to be heard as all three of them contain memorable, enjoyable music. The concerto by Robert Volkmann (1815-1883), written shortly after Schumann's but actually premiered before it, is in four linked movements played without pause. It is possibly the most virtuosic of the three non-Schumann works here. Albert Dietrich (1839-1916) wrote his concerto in the 1870s. It is the most dramatic of the three non-Schumann concerti but doesn't actually dig too deeply. Friedrich Gernsheim's concerto was written in 1906 but could easily have been written fifty years earlier. It is tuneful and neatly written for the solo instrument. It is brief, with three movements lasting only thirteen minutes. Although in G minor it does not display much of the drama or anxiety often heard in late romantic music.

One cannot praise highly enough Alban Gerhardt's playing. He is a cellist with big tone, suave phrasing and deep musical insight. The orchestral accompaniment is excellent and in good sound. He certainly makes the best possible case for these concerti, and since there are no easily available recordings of those by Gernsheim, Volkmann and Friedrich and the performance of the Schumann is a bit unusual and quite lovely, this CD is recommended for cello fanciers and lovers of romantic concerti.

Scott Morrison
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 12 Nov 2012
By James A. Altena - Published on Amazon.com
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The Schumann Concerto is paired here with briefer essays in the genre by three lesser-known 19th century figures -- Robert Volkmann (known today primarily for his pleasing string serenades), Friedrich Gernsheim (an unjustly neglected composer of the first rank, with a style almost uncannily similar to Brahms -- absolutely, get the recordings of his four symphonies and the piano quintets before they disappear!), and Albert Dietrich (the friend of Schumann and Brahms who contributed one of the movements to the original version of the jointly written "F-A-E" violin sonata.) The only reason to buy this recording is if you have a compelling need or interest to acquire this obscure repertoire. Cellist Alban Gerhardt makes no impression whatsoever; he gets through the notes in a rather colorless manner, and that's about it. Conductor Hannu Lintu seems to has no idea how to integrate the formal aspects of a score, and simply moves from measure to measure -- something particularly deadly to the Schumann concerto, with its notorious structural problems than turn the piece into an exercise in tedious monotony in all but the most skilled hands. The other works all come off as weak efforts -- probably more so than they actually are, or would if given better advocates. Unfortunately, these pieces have no alternatives available, so if you want them in some form, this is your only choice for now.
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