Christian Poltéra Plays Arthur Honegger

Christian Poltéra Plays Arthur Honegger

by Christian Poltéra
     
 

If playing "name the composer" with this disc of works for cello, most listeners would be confounded. Is that scented melody by Fauré, that sensuous harmony by Ravel, that bluesy turn of phrase by Gershwin, that quirky rhythm by Hindemith, that glinting color by See more details below

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If playing "name the composer" with this disc of works for cello, most listeners would be confounded. Is that scented melody by Fauré, that sensuous harmony by Ravel, that bluesy turn of phrase by Gershwin, that quirky rhythm by Hindemith, that glinting color by Stravinsky? Nope -- it's all by Arthur Honegger, and encountering this disc will no doubt raise many listeners' estimation of the French-Swiss modernist. No matter what its influences, the music here holds together as the expression of an individualistic if somewhat eccentric personality. Joining works from Honegger's late youth and early maturity, this disc features Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra performing with a wide variety of international partners. In the 1929 "Cello Concerto," he's accompanied by Finnish conductor Tuomas Ollila-Hannikainen leading the Swedish Malmö Symphony Orchestra. In the sonata from 1920 and the sonatina, he's partnered with English pianist Kathryn Stott. And in the sonatina from 1932, he's matched with German violinist Christian Tetzlaff. In each case, Poltéra is a wonderfully expressive soloist with a big tone, a powerful technique, and a persuasive way with a phrase. His musical companions are able to hold their own with strong but sensitive and supportive performances. Recorded in three different locations at three different times but in uniformly cool, clear digital sound, this disc is both attractive and fascinating.

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Editorial Reviews

Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
The Sonatina for violin and cello is a real revelation, with Poltéra and Christian Tetzlaff entwining their tone beautifully and often suggesting that there are more than just the two of them playing.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590016176
catalogNumber:
1617
Rank:
186674

Tracks

  1. Concerto, for cello & orchestra in C major, H72  - Arthur Honegger  -  Malmö Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Tuomas Ollila  - Christian Poltéra
  2. Sonata, for cello & piano in D minor, H32  - Arthur Honegger  - Kathryn Stott  - Robert Suff  - Christian Poltéra
  3. Sonatine, for clarinet (or cello) & piano, H42  - Arthur Honegger  - Kathryn Stott  - Robert Suff  - Christian Poltéra
  4. Sonatine, for violin & cello in E minor, H80  - Arthur Honegger  - Robert Suff  - Christian Tetzlaf  - Christian Poltéra

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