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Strauss: Don Quixote, Romance in F Major, Sonata in F Major [Hybrid SACD]
     

Strauss: Don Quixote, Romance in F Major, Sonata in F Major [Hybrid SACD]

by Jan Vogler
 
Born in the German Democratic Republic, cellist Jan Vogler had a flourishing career with Berlin Classics in the '90s before making the leap to the international Sony label with this 2004 disc featuring Richard Strauss' cello works. It was a brilliantly planned major-label debut. The program is aptly chosen: the well-known tone poem "Don Quixote for cello and orchestra

Overview

Born in the German Democratic Republic, cellist Jan Vogler had a flourishing career with Berlin Classics in the '90s before making the leap to the international Sony label with this 2004 disc featuring Richard Strauss' cello works. It was a brilliantly planned major-label debut. The program is aptly chosen: the well-known tone poem "Don Quixote for cello and orchestra," the less well-known "Sonata for cello and piano," and the nearly unknown "Romance for cello and orchestra." And the accompanists are wholly appropriate. The Staatskapelle Dresden is one of the great German orchestras with a long association with Strauss' music, and with the addition of sympathetic conductor Fabio Luisi and virtuoso pianist Louis Lortie, the stage is superbly set for the soloist's appearance. Vogler does not disappoint for the most part. With a beautiful tone, a supple bow, a graceful technique, and a winning way of phrasing, he makes Strauss' music come vividly to life in Don Quixote. At his best, Vogler's cello sounds almost like a baritone in its subtle expressivity, and the melting tenderness of his tone in the Finale is touching. However, for all its beauty Vogler's tone does not always project above his accompanists in loud passages. Though conductor Luisi draws restrained playing from the Dresden orchestra, it still swamps Vogler in tuttis and a less reserved Lortie nearly runs over Vogler in the sonata's outer movements. To a certain extent, this could be the fault of the engineers. But whatever the cause and no matter how exquisite most of the playing is here, the difficulty of making out the cello in fortes and climaxes diminishes the overall success of this disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886974041825
catalogNumber:
740418

Tracks

  1. Romance for cello & orchestra in F major, o.Op. 75 (TrV 118, AV 75)  (09:37)
  2. Don Quixote, fantastic variations for cello & orchestra, Op. 35 (TrV 184)

    1. Introduction  (05:48)
    2. Thema  (02:09)
    3. Variation 1  (02:40)
    4. Variation 2  (01:50)
    5. Variation 3  (08:16)
    6. Variation 4  (01:50)
    7. Variation 5  (03:24)
    8. Variation 6  (01:11)
    9. Variation 7  (01:02)
    10. Variation 8  (01:46)
    11. Variation 9  (01:02)
    12. Variation 10  (04:21)
    13. Finale. Sehr ruhig  (05:20)
  3. Sonata for cello & piano in F major, Op. 6 (TrV 115)

    1. 1. Allegro con moto  (08:24)
    2. 2. Andante ma non troppo  (06:39)
    3. 3. Finale. Allegro vivo  (08:18)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jan Vogler   Primary Artist

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