Eliz Erkalp / Quirine Viersen / Marc Soustrot

Glière: Concertos for Cello & Horn

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This is the kind of disc that makes collecting records worthwhile, because while there have been many fine recordings of Reinhold Glière's superb Concerto for horn and orchestra over the years, there were no digital recordings of his equally fine Concerto for cello and orchestra before this one. A bigger piece than the 25-minute, three-movement Horn Concerto, the 40-minute, three-movement Cello Concerto is a robustly romantic work with big themes, lush textures, warm-hued colors, and powerful developments written in an attractive and readily accessible tonal language. Thankfully, the performance here is thoroughly persuasive. Cellist Quirine Viersen is totally on top of the work technically. Despite its astounding difficulties, there's nothing in the dashing outer movements Viersen can't play brilliantly. And she's completely beneath the skin of the music emotionally. Her interpretation of the central Andante is as movingly nostalgic a performance of the piece as is imaginable. Sympathetically supported by the Royal Flemish Philharmonic under Marc Soustrot and coupled with Eliz Erkalp's winning performance of the Horn Concerto, this disc will thrill listeners looking for great Russian late romantic orchestral music they don't already know. Talent's digital sound is a bit distant but full, detailed, and colorful.

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