MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968): Cello Concerto in F, Op. 36 (World Premiere Recording), HANS GÁL (1890-1987): Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 67.
Catalogue Number: 11T003
Reference: 555 074-2
Description: These concertos by Jewish composers forced to flee their homelands in the late 1930s are separated by only nine years but are poles apart in their feeling. Written mostly in 1944 in Edinburgh, a period during which he lost his mother and his son to suicide and his aunt and sister in Germany (also to suicide), Gál’s work is melancholy without any self-pity, its seemingly upbeat finale scarcely concealing a Mahlerian irony. The Italian composer wrote his in the unthreatening (to him) year of 1935, for Piatigorsky who had exclusive performance rights which had a lot to do with it falling into oblivion and not being recorded until now. Bright, positive and optimistic, it demands a large orchestra with generous percussion, allowing much felicity of instrumental color while still being a virtuoso workout for its soloist. Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin; Nicholas Milton.