Pieter Wispelwey

Dvorák: Concerto for Cello & Orchestra; Symphonic Variations

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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 15:15 Amazon
2 11:46 Amazon
3 13:27 Amazon
Symphonic Variations for orchestra (on "I am a Fiddler" B. 66/3), B. 70 (Op. 78)
4 00:37 Amazon
5 00:30 Amazon
6 00:31 Amazon
7 00:29 Amazon
8 00:32 Amazon
9 00:21 Amazon
10 00:45 Amazon
11 00:30 Amazon
12 00:46 Amazon
13 00:26 Amazon
14 00:24 Amazon
15 00:51 Amazon
16 00:44 Amazon
17 00:25 Amazon
18 00:53 Amazon
19 00:54 Amazon
20 00:16 Amazon
21 00:45 Amazon
22 00:45 Amazon
23 00:38 Amazon
24 00:18 Amazon
25 00:19 Amazon
26 00:32 Amazon
27 00:40 Amazon
28 02:10 Amazon
29 00:28 Amazon
30 00:39 Amazon
31 00:35 Amazon
32 04:29 Amazon
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