Schumann - Saint-saëns - Tchaikovsky / Meneses
Royal Northern Sinfonia; Meneses, Antônio; Cruz, Claudio
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of winning First Prize and the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, as well as his 60th birthday in August, Antonio Meneses adds to his distinguished discography with three works with orchestra he has not previously recorded: Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No. 1, and Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. Early, seminal recordings with Herbert von Karajan led to further, phenomenal success and recognition of Antonio's beguiling combination of virtuoso elan and thoughtful introspection. His tenth recording for Avie, these first concertant recordings form a vital part of his series for the label that includes several cornerstones of the cello repertoire, including Bach's Six Cello Suites, the complete cello music by Beethoven, the two Haydn concertos, and the Grammy-nominated pairing of concertos by Hans Gal and Edward Elgar for which he was joined by Claudio Cruz and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, as he is on this new release.