- Conductor: None
- Composer: Thomas Adès, Liszt, Janácek, Fauré, Kurtág
- Audio CD (1 Oct. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Hyperion
- ASIN: B008R3JMD8
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Lieux Retrouves (Music For Cello and Piano) (Steven Isserlis/ Thomas Adès) (Hyperion: CDA67948)
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A cello recital with a difference from two maverick geniuses, displaying the fecundity of their collaboration. The world famous cellist Steven Isserlis, one of the best-loved instrumentalists of today, joins forces with composer and pianist Thomas Adès, described by the New York Times as one of the most imposing figures in contemporary music.
This recording opens with three of Liszts arrangements for cello and pianothe dark plangency of Isserliss tone emphasizing their elegiac power. Janáceks Pohádka (A Tale) is based on a story with many magical elements, and it is this particular quality which Isserlis and Adès bring out in their aerial performance. The passionate ecstasy of Faurés Cello Sonata No 2 is deeply felt, and the elemental mysterious sadness of Kurtágs miniatures leads the listener into the 21st century and to the title track of this disc which Adès wrote for Isserlis himself. Lieux retrouvés is a characteristically thrilling tour de force, displaying influences from all the composers previously featured and many more. The writing for the cello reaches uncharted levels of difficulty. Isserlis in his thoughtful booklet notes describes it in pictorial terms of rivers and mountainsheres Anthony Tommasini, again in the New York Times:
"The rippling figures for piano and cello spin out in crazed, cyclic riffs; the crystalline piano harmonies sound as if the wind were rustling the chimes in the pagoda; the feisty, industrialized propulsive bursts in the finale."
"The recording throughout gives the players all the space and atmosphere they need to characterise the varied moods and textures of an unusually rewarding programme." RECORDING OF THE MONTH--Gramophone, Awards issue '12
Memorable and wonderfully performed from start to finish Performance ***** Recording **** BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE CHAMBER CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine, Dec'12
brilliantly played by Isserlis and Ades. Unreservedly recommended. --IRR, Nov'12
Isserlis plays with almost tangible intensity and soul, while Adès finds charm and natural expression at every turn a true musical dialogue. **** --Financial Times,03/11/12
One of the Top 10 Modern Classical CDs of 2012 --Sunday Times
Top Customer Reviews
The music itself would be vivid enough, yet when communicated by a tone as honeyed as Isserlis's and with Adès being ever-pliant at the piano, this is a disc in which to lose yourself.
I don't know why it is that the cello of all instruments makes one dream of Elsewhere when one hears it. Perhaps because the colours are so rich and wide-ranging, one can dream and find oneself in a different place.
Given the extraordinary transports communicated in these works - Liszt to a deathly Venice, Janáček into a Slavic Never Never Land, Fauré's own lyrical melancholy, Kurtág into a work of shadows and tributes and Adès's ideated waters, mountains, fields and towns of post-Rimbaud world - Isserlis and Adès take a brave but decisive move not to cloud those views. Theirs is a simple but dazzingly study in non-invasive musicianship, albeit with luscious tone and tender reflection in plentiful supply.
Within the Venetian setting of the Liszt works and the long-spun melodic lines that Isserlis so defly weaves, Kurtág and Adès's music provides a more mordant note (and a goodly dose of virtuosity in the latter). Yet, even here, a nostalgic air of honey-drowning remains. This is not so much a recording as an imaginative springboard in the unknown