Christian Poltéra - Christian Poltéra Plays Othmar Schoeck

Christian Poltéra - Christian Poltéra Plays Othmar Schoeck
Genre: Classical
Duration: 01:01:44
Artist: Christian Poltéra
Album: Christian Poltéra Plays Othmar Schoeck
Release Date: June 26, 2007
Styles: Concerto, Chamber Music

Compared with his eight operas and his more than 300 songs, Swiss modernist Othmar Schoeck wrote hardly any instrumental music. This disc coupling his 1947 Cello Concerto with his 1956 Cello Sonata represents a third of his concertos and a fifth of his mature sonatas. Thankfully, Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra is not only a consummate virtuoso with a big tone and a sweet intonation, he is under the skin of the music -- music which, despite its lyrical melodies and warm harmonies, still needs special pleading. Because while the atmosphere Schoeck's music creates is highly evocative and deeply romantic, it does not often linger long in the memory, and leaves not a feeling of place and time behind but instead a sensation of nostalgic yearning.

Yet through Poltéra's heartfelt interpretations, that yearning becomes the very essence of his performances, and through his conviction, its intense longing lingers long in the memory. Ably accompanied by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under Tuomas Ollila in the Concerto and English pianist Julius Drake in the Sonata and the encore of Six Song Transcriptions, Poltéra turns in performances that make the strongest possible case for Schoeck's instrumental music. Try the Concerto's Andante tranquillo: if its evanescent beauty doesn't transfix you, you might check your pulse. BIS' digital sound is rich, lush, and deep.

Concerto, for cello and string orchestra, Op. 61
1. Allegro moderatoChristian Poltéra14:20
2. Andante tranquillo - Più lento - Tempo 1Christian Poltéra8:20
3. PrestoChristian Poltéra2:40
4. Lento - Molto allegroChristian Poltéra7:05
Sonata, for cello & piano, WoO 47
1. FliessendChristian Poltéra7:16
2. SchnellChristian Poltéra4:14
3. AndantinoChristian Poltéra5:00
Lieder (3) for voice & piano, Op. 7
No. 3. In der HerbergeChristian Poltéra1:46
Eichendorff Lieder, song cycle (12) for voice & piano, Op. 30
No. 3. WinternachtChristian Poltéra2:16
No. 7. NachklangChristian Poltéra2:29
No. 9. NachtChristian Poltéra1:44
Fünf Lieder, song cycle (5) for voice & piano, Op. 31
No. 5. EpigrammChristian Poltéra1:57
Das stille Leuchten, song cycle (28) in 2 volumes for voice & piano, Op. 60
No. 19. Der ReisebecherChristian Poltéra2:37

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