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Elgar & Carter Cello Concertos

Elgar & Carter Cello Concertos by Alisa Weilerstein
Released: Oct 2012
Label: Decca
These two concertos, though vastly different, amount to harmonizing, big statements from a young talent. The Elgar is a pained, late-romantic reflection on the horrors of World War I (and one that critics think Jacqueline du Pré nailed half a century ago). It looks for uplift through tonality, distinguishing it from Elliott Carter's approach. (Even late Carter has a snarl to it.) Weilerstein likely chose the pairing to prove she can invest the hardiest modernism with her lavishly elegant sound. That she makes a persuasive entry in the Elgar sweepstakes on the same release is truly impressive.
Seth Colter Walls
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