[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 21 August 2020
Two years after his successful Deutsche Grammophon Debut Album "Home" Kian Soltani returns with a Dvořák Album featuring the famous cello concerto and five arrangements of some of the greatest pieces Antonin Dvořák composed. Dvořák's Cello Concerto op. 104 hasn't been recorded for the yellow label since 2002 (Mischa Maisky with Mehta and Berliner Philharmoniker).
Maestro Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin accompany Kian Soltani in the concerto, while for the other pieces (three of which have been arranged by Kian Soltani himself) he is joined by six cellists of the Staatskapelle Berlin.
"He's an exceptionally free, agile and fluent player, and youthful impetuosity powers the first and third movements, only occasionally marred by a rather hectic vibrato. There's a sense of real partnership with the orchestra, a lovely chamber-like dialogue, the rounded woodwind and brass timbres of the Berliners providing an ideal foil for his brightly-lit line" BBC Music Concerto Choice October 2020
"The slightly old-fashioned word that kept finding its way into my notes was 'nobility'...Soltani fills gracefully shaped phrases with eloquent, butterscotch-tinted cello sound. He crafts a lucid, clearly defined and distinctly classical reading, not without humour...Both Barenboim and Soltani husband their reserves of expression, though when they do cut loose they go straight for the heart." Gramophone
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Four Songs, Op. 82: No. 1, 'Leave Me Alone'
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World' - Largo
Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55 No. 4
Romantic piece, Op. 75, No. 1
Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5