[ Decca / CD ]
Release Date: Monday 21 April 2014
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American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, described by BBC Music Magazine as "one of the most extraordinary" soloists of her generation, follows her critically acclaimed Decca debut recording of Elgar's Cello Concerto with a vital new interpretation of Dvorák's Cello Concerto, coupled with some of his best-known melodies.
Alisa Weilerstein's all-Dvorák programme includes the haunting melody from his "New World" Symphony, popularly known as Going Home; his song Lasst mich allein, the beautiful Silent Woods and more…
Alisa Weilerstein joins forces with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and its Czech Music Director, Jiří Bělohlávek in a terrific and deeply authentic musical partnership. This radiant performance of the Cello Concerto was recorded in Prague's Rudolfinum, where Dvorak himself conducted the Czech Philharmonic's inaugural concert in 1896. Other works on the album recorded in the USA - Dvorak's adopted second homeland -include Rondo in G minor, Songs My Mother Taught Me and Slavonic Dance No.8.
"Hers is an interpretation of passion. It is by no means heart-on-sleeve but, rather, it is distinguished by well-harnessed vigour and attack, susceptibility to the music's lyrical heart...There is a spine-tingling thrill and generosity of feeling to this performance that make it irresistible." The Telegraph, 15th May 2014 *****
"Weilerstein plays across the bar lines, stressing the fluidity and intimacy of the composer's lyrical lines." (Financial Times)
"Not only does Weilerstein possess a flawless technical address, lustrous tone-production and intrepid range of dynamic, her playing evinces a captivating candour and risk-taking flair that not only succeed in activating the goosebumps (always a good sign) but also make you hear the music with fresh ears." (Gramophone)
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Four Songs, Op. 82: No. 1, 'Leave Me Alone' arr. Lenehan
Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181
Goin' Home arr. Lenehan
Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55 No. 4 arr. Grünfeld
Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5
Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8