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CD REVIEW: Dvorak & Herbert Concertos

December 2008

CD Releases

Dvorak & Herbert Cello Concertos

Gautier Capucon / Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi

Series: Virgin Classics

Released: 05/01/2009

Cat. No: 5190352

Format: CD

Number Of Discs: 1

Barcode: 5099951903527

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For his second solo recording, after his critically acclaimed recording of Haydn’s Cello Concertos (which inaugurated his exclusive recording contract with VC in 2003), Gautier Capuçon tackles Dvorak’s masterpiece for cello (his only cello concerto), and couples it with that of an unfortunately under-reputed composer of the era. Gautier Capuçon is accompanied by Paavo Järvi who directs the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, to which Paavo Järvi has is music director since September 06. Dvořák wrote the concerto while in New York for his third term as the Director of the National Conservatory after having listened to Victor Herbert’s (a fellow teacher at the Conservatory) second cello concerto in 1894. Up till then Dvořák had always refused, stating that the cello was a fine orchestral instrument but totally insufficient for a solo concerto. Victor August Herbert (February 1, 1859 – May 26, 1924) was a cellist, conductor and composer of light opera. His Cello Concerto is a new asset to Virgin Classics’ catalogue. Quite rarely recorded, it isn’t today available on either VC’s or EMI Classics’ catalogue - Julian Lloyd Webber’s recording with Charles Mackerras and the London Symphony Orchestra on EMI isn’t available at this date.

Disc 1

1-3) Dvořák: Concerto for cello and orchestra in B minor, Op. 104

4-6) Herbert: Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor

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