The Romantic Cello Concerto - Volume 4
Hans Pfitzner

The Romantic Cello Concerto - Volume 4

Alban Gerhardt / Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin / Sebastian Weigle

CDA 67906 - 0034571179063

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Hyperion’s Romantic Cello Concertos series continues to bring new works into a repertoire currently dominated by Dvorak and Elgar. Alban Gerhardt performs the three concertos by Hans Pfitzner, a composer remembered most for his opera Palestina.

Pfitzner’s early Cello concertos in A major, Op posth., was scorned by his teachers (although liked by the composer himself) and the manuscript disappeared during his lifetime. It was first performed in public on 18. February 1977 and publishes the following year. His CelloConcerto in G major, Op 42, was written almost half a century later. Completed in 1935, this richly melodic single soan was composed for the cellist Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966), one of the finest cellists of his generation. This beautifully constructed concerto derives its material from the lyrical cello solo ( heard over a quite timpani roll) at the very start of the work. The orchestration is deft ad often delicate, never submerging the solo instrument, but full of attractive surprises, not least the tumbling trumpet fanfares that introduce the first of the faster sections. The Cello Concerto in A minor, Op 52 is dedicated to Ludwig Hoelscher (1907-1996), a pupil of two giants of German cello playing: Hugo Becker and Julius Klengel. It was completed in 1943 and published in 1944. Also included is a Duo for violin, cello and small orchestra.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Cello Concerto in A minor Op posth.
    Andante molto sostenuto – Allegro
    10:25
  • 2
    Cello Concerto in A minor Op posth.
    Adagio molto tranquillo
    12:51
  • 3
    Cello Concerto in A minor Op 52
    Ruhig
    07:37
  • 4
    Cello Concerto in A minor Op 52
    Nicht zu schnell
    03:00
  • 5
    Cello Concerto in A minor Op 52
    Feierlich
    02:49
  • 6
    Cello Concerto in A minor Op 52
    Allegretto
    04:33
  • 7
    Cello Concerto in G major Op 42
    Ziemlich ruhig, schwebend
    03:29
  • 8
    Cello Concerto in G major Op 42
    Sehr langsam – Beschleunigt – Allegro
    03:58
  • 9
    Cello Concerto in G major Op 42
    Ruhiges Anfangstempo
    02:00
  • 10
    Cello Concerto in G major Op 42
    A tempo
    01:51
  • 11
    Cello Concerto in G major Op 42
    Langsamer a tempo
    03:03
  • 12
    Duo Op 43
    Allegro moderato
    05:39
  • 13
    Duo Op 43
    Moderato
    01:50
  • 14
    Duo Op 43
    Ganze Takte
    04:23