Christian Poltéra Plays Arthur Honegger

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318590016176
  • Catalog Number: 1617
  • Sales rank: 7,373

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Concerto, for cello & orchestra in C major, H72 - Arthur Honegger & Malmö Symphony Orchestra (15:30)
    Composed byArthur Honegger
    Conducted byTuomas Ollila
    Performed byMalmö Symphony Orchestra, Tuomas Ollila
  2. 2–4 Sonata, for cello & piano in D minor, H32 - Arthur Honegger & Kathryn Stott (15:07)
    Composed byArthur Honegger
    1. 2 Allegro non troppo
    2. 3 Andante sostenuto
    3. 4 Presto
  3. 5–7 Sonatine, for clarinet (or cello) & piano, H42 - Arthur Honegger & Kathryn Stott (6:22)
    Composed byArthur Honegger
    1. 5 Modéré
    2. 6 Lent et soutenu
    3. 7 Vif et rhythmique
  4. 8–10 Sonatine, for violin & cello in E minor, H80 - Arthur Honegger & Robert Suff (14:39)
    Composed byArthur Honegger
    1. 8 Allegro
    2. 9 Andante
    3. 10 Allegro
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Performance Credits
Christian Poltéra Primary Artist
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