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Britten - Cello Symphony / Elgar - Cello Concerto CD

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  • Orchestra: City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000026D4N
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Blistering teamwork is just one of the keys to the unbridled success of Truls Mørk and Sir Simon Rattle's performance of Britten's Cello Symphony (one of the composer's craggiest masterpieces, written in 1963 for the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich). Enviably taut concentration goes hand in hand with a scrupulous fidelity to both the letter and spirit of Britten's troubled score, to produce a reading which challenges even the classic Rostropovich/Britten version on Decca in its questing spirit and comprehensive emotional scope. The beautifully balanced sound, too, is an enormous boon. This performance finds the uncommonly thoughtful, nobly eloquent Norwegian soloist on imperious form--and Rattle and his admirably dapper band locate a wealth of stimulating detail in the subtly flecked orchestral canvas--but your goose-bumps will be only intermittently activated as the performance is perhaps over-prepared to a fault, possessing neither the devastating candour of EMI's evergreen Du Pré/Barbirolli recording nor the affecting restraint of both the Isserlis/Hickox and Wispelwey/van Steen versions (on Virgin Ultraviolet and Channel Classics respectively). If the coupling appeals, however, don't hesitate for a moment. --Andrew Achenbach

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A new , genuine rival to Du Pre . It really seizes your sense. Paired with the Britten it is worth the wait for it to arrive. My copy came from Japan !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truls Mørk Continues to Amaze 20 Aug. 2006
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Though most of us came to know the artistry of cellist Truls Mørk via his brilliantly acccomplished recording of the Bach Cello Suites for unaccompanied cello, surveying the library of his recorded works with orchestra demonstrates that not only can he communicate on the intimate scale, but that he also has the sound and the integrity to handle the big concerti as well.

This superb CD pairs the works of two English composers, works about as different as any pairing in the repertoire. The Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85, long associated for good reasons with the much missed Jacqueline du Pré, is now one of the most lushly beautiful on record. Mørk has a huge tone that is never pushed beyond the limits of beauty and he knows how to make Elgar's extraordinarily beautiful two Adagio movements sing. The entire work is competently and passionately in is hands and he is beautifully supported by Simon Rattle and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. This single concerto is reason enough to buy the recording.

But our Norwegian artist does not stop there. Instead he tackles the almost impossible demands of Benjamin Britten's conversation between cello and orchestra, a work full of agitation and ironies and one that can easily fall flat in the hands of a lesser musician. Again Mørk is in utter control of the difficult lines and knows when to allow the stridency to claw as well as how to allow Britten's eloquent melody lines flow in a natural manner. Again, Rattle and his orchestra provide superlative collaboration. This is a recording to treasure - both for the magnificence of the Elgar and the challenge of the Britten. Grady Harp, August 06
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