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Martin · Honegger · Schoeck - Three Cello Concertos

Composer Arthur Honegger
Frank Martin
Othmar Schoeck
Performer Christian Poltéra
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Tuomas Ollila-Hannikainen, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-1737 CD
EAN 7318590017371
Format CD
Release date Mar 2012
Total time 72'39

"Christian Poltéra's playing is exceptional: so poised and such sweet tone in the instrument's upper reaches... outstanding performances..." CD Review, BBC Radio 3;

In 2007-08, the Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra made his debut on BIS with a series of discs dedicated to three compatriots of his: the composers Othmar Schoeck, Arthur Honegger and Frank Martin. The unconventional programmes mixed chamber music and orchestral works centred on the cello, and were received with acclaim by the international music press. ‘An ideal introduction to Martin’s music’ enthused the reviewer in Gramophone, where that release was an Editor’s Choice, while the Schoeck anthology was described as ‘a beautifully-played collection that fills an important gap’ in American Record Guide, and the French magazine Diapason gave the Honegger disc its Diapason d’or, calling it ‘une pure merveille’. In reviews of all three discs, the orchestral support from the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Tuomas Hannikainen was especially remarked upon, as were the respective virtues of the three concertos: ‘a nostalgic, dark-hued lyrical quality that makes for absorbing listening’ (Schoeck, International Record Review); ‘a typically suave, sophisticated score, boasting a surprisingly astringent but compellingly rhythmic Finale’ (Martin, BBC Music Magazine); ‘wonderful, jazzy tunes …, plenty of fireworks for the soloist, and it packs a huge amount of contrast into its quarter-hour of playing time’ (Honegger, These three works, composed between 1929 and 1966 and all too rarely heard today, have now been combined; an occasion not to be missed by anyone interested in exploring some highly individual 20 th-century cello scores, or in getting to know one of today’s most impressive young cellists.
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  Frank Martin
  Concerto for cello and orchestra 24'06
01 I. Lento – Allegro moderato – Lento 8'30
02 II. Adagietto 7'08
03 III. Vivace selvaggio ed aspro – Cadenza – Vivace 8'28
  Arthur Honegger
  Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (H.72)
04 Andante – Lento – Allegro marcato (Tranquillo – Lento – Presto) 15'10
  Othmar Schoeck
  Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra, Op.61 31'41
05 I. Allegro moderato 14'08
06 II. Andante tranquillo – Più lento – Tempo I 8'09
07 III. Presto 2'37
08 IV. Lento – Molto allegro 6'47
  Album total 72'39
CelloPoltéra, Christian
OrchestraMalmö Symphony Orchestra
ConductorOllila-Hannikainen, Tuomas
ComposerHonegger, Arthur
Martin, Frank
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