Elgar: Cello Concerto & Piano Quintet

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Label: ALPHA
Catalog: Alpha283

Hecker, Marie-Elisabeth; Widmann, Carolin; Antwerp Symphony Orchestra; Helmchen, Martin; Sachse, Pauline; de Waart, Edo; McCarroll, David

After making several albums of chamber music by Brahms and Schubert, the cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker now records a large-scale concerto, showing the full range of her talent. Composed between 1918 and 1919, Elgar’s Concerto op.85 was poorly received at its first performance but has since become established as one of the key works in the cello repertoire. To complete the programme, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker rejoins her chamber music partners, the violinists Carolin Widmann and David McCarroll, the violist Pauline Sachse and the pianist Martin Helmchen, in Elgar’s Piano Quintet, composed at the same time as the Concerto and premiered in London in 1919.

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