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Vieuxtemps & Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos - CC1033

Vieuxtemps & Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos

Peter Martens • cello
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra • Bernhard Gueller

CC1033

Henri Vieuxtemps' fiendishly difficult but beautifully melodius Cello Concerto no.1 in A minor is the central work on this CD, which also includes Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto no.1, as well as his Allegro Appassionato, which is seldom heard in its orchestral guise.

All these works are French / Belgian in origin and pioneered by the leading Belgian cellists of the day.

South African cellist Peter Martens, who himself enjoys Belgian ancestry, is partnered by Bernhard Gueller, showcasing the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at its very best.

"Henri Vieuxtemps’ fiendishly difficult but beautifully melodious Cello Concerto no. 1 in A minor is the central work on this album, which also includes Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto no. 1, as well as his Allegro Appassionato, which is seldom heard in its orchestral guise. All these works are French/Belgian in origin and pioneered by the leading Belgian cellists of the day. South African cellist Peter Martens, who himself enjoys Belgian ancestry, is partnered with Bernhard Gueller, showcasing the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at its very best. “Martens’ cello is one of the most beautiful sounds – a deep rich harmonic wooden stringed singing being. His playing is superb, compassionate elegant phrasing, and flawless technique. His bow knows the exact line between the tender softness and the hard edge, and this extra dimension is masterfully applied to his dynamics. He expresses a full range of emotion, from angst and agitation to acceptance and wisdom.” Andy Wilding- FOM Soiree

Henri Vieuxtemps
Cello Concerto no.1 in A minor, op.46

Camille Saint-Saëns
Cello concerto no.1 in A minor, op.33

Camille Saint-Saëns
The Swan, from Carnival of the Animals

Gabriel Fauré
Elégie, op.24

Camille Saint-Saëns
Allegro appassionato, op.43