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Truls Mørk Collection: Cello Concertos [Box set]

Truls Mork Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. I. Moderato - Cadenza
2. II. Adagio - Cadenza
3. III. Allegro molto
4. I. Allegro moderato - Cadenza (Maurice Gendron)
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Disc: 2
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Adagio ma non troppo
3. III. Finale (Allegro moderato)
4. I - Moderato quasi andante
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Disc: 3
1. I. Andante
2. II. Allegro giusto
3. III. Andante con moto
4. I. Lento, ma non troppo - Andante - Tempo I
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Disc: 4
1. I. Allegretto
2. II. Moderato -
3. III. Cadenza -
4. IV. Allegro non troppo
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Disc: 5
1. I. Colored Field
2. II. Pandora Dance
3. III. Hymns and Tablets
4. Musica Celestis for cello and orchestra
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5CD Works:Dvorak/Elgar/Haydn/Prokofiev/Miaskovsky/Shostakov

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your fulls of Truls 30 May 2009
By Angus W. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
When all these recordings were first released I remember admiring them very much but not buying them as I already had versions of these works by Rostropovich and DuPre and there was a budget to try and follow. I was very excited to see this exceptionally cheap box come onto the market that gave me a chance to enjoy these very fine performances.

What is Truls about? His interpretations are certainly not about himself. He is never self indulgent or musically willfull and there is a wonderful lightness to his playing, which is used to wonderful effect in the Haydn recordings which bristle with energy. The Shostakovich first cello concerto is one of the 20th century's most exciting works and Mork excells at bringing out its razor sharp rhythic edge.

There are fine recordings of the Dvorak and Tchaikovsky and a whole disc of Kernis. That is the beauty of these sets, they allow you to discover works you may not purchase on their own. He is accompanied by top notch orchestras and like minded conductors and the sound is excellent.

If you are not familiar with his playing this set gives you a perfect opportunity to get to know him without breaking the bank. It will compliment other recordings you may have of these works. Also a perfect present for that neice of yours who is learning cello.

A true bargain.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful synthesis of the cello-and-orchestra repertoire 26 Sep 2010
By P. Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
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The great Norwegian cellist Truls Mork gathers into a box set of 5 CDs no less than 9 concertos from the vast repertory for cello and orchestra. Recorded during a decade (1991-2001) and released in their time as individuals, these recordings comprise the standard works of his instrument with huge appeal to audiences, namely opuses by Haydn, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Miaskovsky, and some contemporary pieces by Aaron Jay Kernis. In the recorded performances of these pieces, Mork is paired by top notch orchestras such as London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and world class conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Paavo Jarvi, Eiji Oue and Iona Brown. The captured sound is marvellous throughout.

Noticing that other famous cello concertos - Schumann's, Elgar's or Britten's - or other concertante works by Bruch, Bloch, Dutilleux, Part or certain contemporary composers have been recorded and released separately, one can conclude that Truls Mork's recorded traversal stands as a precious synthesis of the cello-and-orchestra repertoire achieved by an artist at the top of his musical powers.

Highly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My unlikely beginning. 14 Oct 2012
By Max O. - Published on Amazon.com
To make a somewhat long and potentially boring story short, two Youtube performances led me to this collection. The first was Chinese cellist Jian Wang playing Dvořák's Cello Concerto with Dudamel and the SBYOV, and the second was Truls Mørk's performance of Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante with Edo de Waart and a Chinese orchestra (NHK?). I was in tenth grade, and had just gotten really interested in classical music by way of Rachmaninoff. These two excellent performances in particular, which I simply stumbled upon, enthralled me and engaged me in a way I had never before experienced. The passion and beauty of the music was unlike anything I had heard before, despite learning piano and cello.

This box set has special significance to me as one of the first few classical albums in my collection. I found it in a search looking for more of Truls Mørk, and when I saw that it included both of the above works, I knew I had to have it. I mentioned my interest in it, and my parents bought it for me on my 16th birthday. Immediately I began to listen, and I was excited by everything I heard; since then I exclusively listen to classical music, especially that of the early to mid-twentieth century. Sure, a lot of my love for this set initially came from that magical feeling of discovery. But now, about one and a half years later, Truls Mørk's recordings on these five cd's continue to please and inspire. I hope to eventually play these works in my cello studies and reference his recordings.

Mørk plays throughout with very beautiful phrasing, and his intonation and articulation are stunningly accurate. The Haydn and Tchaikovsky are lively and elegant, the Dvořák is polished and powerful ... everything here is just great. The Shostakovich concertos are played with a tasteful balance of bite and plaintive beauty. I was completely unfamiliar with Kernis, but his music as presented here is romantic and modern without drifting into the sappy traditionalism sometimes found among recent composers. His "Musica Celestis" for strings which is included in the set follows the tradition of Barber's "Adagio" and is also an orchestration from a string quartet--it's a truly gorgeous piece of music. And of course, the Prokofiev which originally drew me to Mørk is played with a level of intensity which is impressively sustained for the whole 40+ min. piece, despite its incredible technical difficulties. All of the many double stops are impeccably tuned. It is paired with the beautiful concerto of Myaskovsky, in which Mørk wisely does not over-indulge.

The soloist plays with a great deal of technique, refinement, and passion (yes, those last two can go together). Another true virtue of this set is the orchestral realizations. The accompaniment is appropriately dark and symphonic in the Dvořák, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich and has chamber intimacy and elegance in the Haydn and Tchaikovsky. In Kernis, the orchestra is very much equal with the soloist, and the recorded sound is perhaps unlike anything I've heard, in a very good way that allows you to really immerse yourself in the orchestration.

Overall, this review is probably too long and silly. This is great music, so don't think that Truls Mørk's interpretations are the final word on anything (no performance really is), but don't discount him just because he isn't very well-known. He has made some great recordings here. Take a chance on this set--I don't think you'll regret it at this level of quality for this low price.
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