One of the most grown-up review sites around
One of the most grown-up review sites around

Search MusicWeb Here
 

 

International mailing

Up to 40% off

  Founder: Len Mullenger


CD REVIEW

Some items
to consider

TROUBADISC

Reger Violin Sonatas
Renate Eggebrecht violin

Brahms Symphony 3
Dvorak Symphony 8
Vivaldi
9 cello sonatas
Dussek
Piano Music

Clara Schumann
piano concerto

Asmik Grigorian

Breathtaking Performance
controversial staging
Review Westbrook
Review Hedley
Every lover of Salome should see this recording
Mullenger interpretation

Vraiment magnifique!


Quite splendid


Winning performances


Mahler Symphony 8
a magnificent disc


a huge talent


A wonderful disc


Weinberg Symphonies 2 & 21
A handsome tribute!


Roth’s finest Mahler yet


Mahler 9 Blomstedt
Distinguished performance

 


alternatively AmazonUK

Carl DAVIDOFF (1838-1889)
Cello Concerto No. 1 op. 5 in B minor (1859) [19:53]
Cello Concerto No. 2 op. 14 in A minor (1863) [26:37]
Pyotr Ilíyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Variations on a Rococo Theme op. 33 [18:34]
Wen-Sinn Yang (cello)
Latvian National SO/Terje Mikkelsen
rec. Reformatu baznica, Riga, November 1997-March 1998.
CPO 777 263-2 [65:23]



Carl Davidoff came from a comfortably off professional family in Goldingen in what is now Latvia. He succeeded Grutzmacher as professor of the Cello at the Leipzig Conservatoire. His pupils included Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, Hanus Wihan and Carl Fuchs. He was at one time principal cello in the Leipzig Gewandhaus.
 
His First Cello Concerto can best be summed up as a cross between Schumann and Weber with a strong predilection for the singing Tchaikovskian line. There are some lovely melodies here. His lively rhythmic writing in the finale is also good. One can see where Saint-SaŽns, Glazunov and Frank Bridge drew their inspiration. Clearly we have a virtuoso composer here but one who recognises the need for substantial ideas and emotions rather than death-defying feats. Davidoff also has the capacity to deliver emotionally-rounded ideas and development. The Second Concerto is more emotionally mature and is shaken by deeper Tchaikovskian emotions than the First. This does not mean that he has abandoned skipping carefree writing. We can hear this in the dapper finale with its elegant echoes of Tchaikovsky in the suites and the Rococo Variations. While Davidoff might have been considered the Saint-SaŽns of his time, Tchaikovsky in his Rococo Variations is clearly a master with themes and resourceful treatments and transformations that leave Davidoff in the pleasing category ... no more. Nothing wrong with that.
 
Wen-Sinn Yang gives all signs of having mastered the three works and with spirited sympathetic playing from the orchestra the effect is delightful. The chosen acoustic is full of life. There is no occlusion of the attractive incidents of these three works for cello and orchestra.
 
The two Davidoff works should appeal to anyone who appreciates the Saint-SaŽns concertante works for cello.
 
Davidoff proves himself the troubadour of the cello with an interest in melody over mere pyrotechnics.
 
Rob Barnett
 



 

We are currently offering in excess of 51,000 reviews


Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Nimbus Podcast


Obtain 10% discount



Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

 

Return to Review Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.