Pieter Wispelwey

Dvorák: Concerto for Cello & Orchestra; Symphonic Variations

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Dvorák: Concerto for Cello & Orchestra; Symphonic Variations Review

by James Leonard

This fine recording of Dvorák's Cello Concerto by Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey with Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer leading the Budapest Festival Orchestra is as generous, honest, and compelling as the music itself. Wispelwey has a rich, ringing tone that can ride over orchestral tutti fortes yet still sound fully present in intimate pianissimos. He also has an elegant technique that can accomplish anything the work asks without calling undue attention to itself. These qualities allow him to lean into the work's powerful drama and aching lyricism without dividing his attention. The commanding Fischer leads the rich-toned Budapest Festival Orchestra in an accompaniment as musically interesting and dramatically significant as the solo part. As a coupling, Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra turn in a performance of Dvorák's infrequently programmed Symphonic Variations; it is as shapely as the venerable István Kertész account with the London Symphony. Recorded at a concert in Budapest's Palace of Arts in 2006, Channel Classics' super audio digital sound is extremely vivid and immediate. Though one might reasonably argue the considerable merits of the Casals/Szell or Rostropovich/Karajan recordings, for combination of performance and sound, this Wispelwey/Fischer recording could be the only one anyone would ever need.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104)
1 Pieter Wispelwey 15:15 Amazon
2 Pieter Wispelwey 11:46 Amazon
3 Pieter Wispelwey 13:27 Amazon
Symphonic Variations for orchestra (on "I am a Fiddler" B. 66/3), B. 70 (Op. 78)
4 Pieter Wispelwey 00:37 Amazon
5 Pieter Wispelwey 00:30 Amazon
6 Pieter Wispelwey 00:31 Amazon
7 Pieter Wispelwey 00:29 Amazon
8 Pieter Wispelwey 00:32 Amazon
9 Pieter Wispelwey 00:21 Amazon
10 Pieter Wispelwey 00:45 Amazon
11 Pieter Wispelwey 00:30 Amazon
12 Pieter Wispelwey 00:46 Amazon
13 Pieter Wispelwey 00:26 Amazon
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15 Pieter Wispelwey 00:51 Amazon
16 Pieter Wispelwey 00:44 Amazon
17 Pieter Wispelwey 00:25 Amazon
18 Pieter Wispelwey 00:53 Amazon
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20 Pieter Wispelwey 00:16 Amazon
21 Pieter Wispelwey 00:45 Amazon
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23 Pieter Wispelwey 00:38 Amazon
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26 Pieter Wispelwey 00:32 Amazon
27 Pieter Wispelwey 00:40 Amazon
28 Pieter Wispelwey 02:10 Amazon
29 Pieter Wispelwey 00:28 Amazon
30 Pieter Wispelwey 00:39 Amazon
31 Pieter Wispelwey 00:35 Amazon
32 Pieter Wispelwey 04:29 Amazon
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