Elgar - Cello Concerto - Bloch - Pierre Fournier - 1967 Tulip Label DGG Classical LP
PIERRE FOURNIER - ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO & BLOCH
BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER / BERLIN PHILHARMONIC
Label: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON RECORDS
Catalog #: 139 128
Format: 33 rpm 12" LP stereo
Early repress with tulip labels.
Vinyl Condition: VG+ VG++ minorsurface wear ( listen)
Cover Condition: VG++ cleanr ( see our pic )
Year Released: 1967
ELGAR - CONCERTO FOR CELLO & ORCHESTRA IN E MINOR, OP. 85
Adagio Moderato (approx. 8:00)
Lento Allegro molto (approx. 4:30)
Adagio (approx. 4:50)
Allegro Moderato Allegro, ma non-troppo Poco più lento Adagio. (approx. 11:30)
BLOCH - SCHELOMO
Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, is a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire. Elgar composed it in the aftermath of the First World War, when his music had already gone out of fashion with the concert-going public. In contrast with Elgar's earlier Violin Concerto, which is lyrical and passionate, the Cello Concerto is for the most part contemplative and elegiac.
we are immediately gripped by Pierre Fournier's grimly intense and refreshingly animated rendition of the Cello Concerto, stunningly partnered by Alfred Wallenstein and the Berlin Philharmonic.
One of a generation that produced a long line of exceptional cellists, including Rostropovich, Rose, Tortelier, and Feuermann, Pierre Fournier perhaps captured the best characteristics of each of his contemporaries. His unparalleled right arm technique was coupled with a solid, musically fluid left hand, and deep sense of musical understanding.
The result is playing that is as clean and precise as Rose, as passionate as du Pré, while not quite achieving the power and aggressiveness of Rostropovich. This Medici Arts album features two cornerstone concertos of the cello repertoire. The Elgar concerto, which Fournier added to his own repertoire only later in life, is a shining testament to the clarity and transparency of his playing.
The rapid repeated notes of the second movement, while not played as quickly as du Pré, are still pristinely articulate and rhythmically solid. The sweeping Adagio shows the tender, introspective side of Fournier's interpretations.
Fournier's grand musical gestures and astounding technique make this recording one of the finest available of this concerto.