Pieter Wispelwey

Rococo

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Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917720327
Catnr: EPRC 0017
Release date: 05 December 2014
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Evil Penguin
UPC
0608917720327
Catalogue number
EPRC 0017
Release date
05 December 2014

""Wispelwey profiles himself again as a charismatic musician who knows how to transfer the fun of music to the listeners." "

Luister, 01-3-2015
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In its narrowest sense, the label “Rococo” pertains to the exaggeration and the mannerisms of the post-baroque era, but on this recording it can refer to any period or style in which old rules no longer apply, and new rules are not ready yet. From the crevices of music history, EPR Classic digs up three masterpieces, which take on fresh relevance in the hands of a virtuoso who delights in the foiling of conventions, and the conducting of formalities with a nod and a wink, while using new masks, colors, registers and gestures.

Nothing is what it seems on this recording. The only piece which is strictly Rococo – CPE Bach’s Cello Concerto in A – sounds romantic on account of its spicy charm and almost improper energy. Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations (1877) firmly belong to the Romantic catalogue, but borrow gestures from bygone ages to express how homeless their composer felt in his own times. Strawinsky’s Suite Italienne (1932) – performed here in the version for cello and orchestra – also recycles baroque inspiration, but not for any nostalgic purpose: for Strawinsky, the Suite heralds the new order of neo-classicism which was to determine his work ever after.

Teaming up with the Winterthur Chamber Orchestra, cello icon Pieter Wispelwey tackles these works with fitting playfulness and the unrestrained refinement and sensuality which have become his trademarks.

This will be a welcome addition to the catalogue.
Rokoko kann jede Zeit beschreiben, in der die alten Regeln nicht mehr gültig und die neuen noch nicht geschrieben sind – und was könnte hier passender sein, denn auf dieser Aufnahme ist nichts, wie es scheint. Das einzige Stück, das wirklich dem Rokoko angehört – C.P.E. Bachs Cellokonzert – klingt romantisch, und obwohl Tschaikowskis Rokoko-Variationen eindeutig der Romantik angehören, so entlehnen sie doch Gesten vergangener Zeiten, und auch Strawinsky nutzt die Möglichkeit der musikalischen Wiederverwertung in seiner Suite Italienne, deren Fassung für Cello und Orchester hier eine Welterstaufnahme erfährt.

Diese drei Meisterwerke gewinnen in den Händen des Virtuosen Pieter Wispelwey neue Relevanz. Er wendet sich gegen die Konventionen, nimmt Formalitäten mit einem Augenzwinkern und interpretiert die so unterschiedlichen Werke verspielt und doch mit der unverhohlenen Raffinesse und Sinnlichkeit, die sein Markenzeichen geworden sind.
In senso stretto, l’etichettà ‘Rococò’ riguarderebbe l’esagerazione e i manierismi dell’epoca post-barocca, ma in questa registrazione può essere riferito a qualsiasi periodo o stile in cui le vecchie regole non si applicano più, ma quelle nuove non sono ancora codificate. Tra le pieghe della storia della musica, EPR Classic scova tre capolavori, che assumono nuova rilevanza nelle mani di un virtuoso che si diverte a superare le convenzioni e a gestire le formalità con un cenno d’intesa, utilizzando al contempo nuovi mascheramenti, colori, registri e gesti.
Nulla è ciò che appare in questa registrazione. L’unico brano strettamente Rococò – il Concerto per violoncello in La di C.P.E. Bach – suona romantico, in virtù del suo fascino pungente e della sua energia quasi inappropriata. Le Variazioni rococò di Čajkovskij (1877) appartengono decisamente al catalogo romantico, ma prendono in prestito gesti di epoche passate per esprimere quanto il loro compositore si sentisse emarginato nel suo tempo. Anche la Suite Italienne di Stravinskij (1932) – qui eseguita nella versione per violoncello e orchestra – ricicla stilemi barocchi, ma per nessuno scopo nostalgico: per Stravinskij, la Suite annuncia la nuova era del Neoclassicismo che caratterizzerà d’ora in avanti la sua produzione. Accompagnato dall’Orchestra da Camera di Winterthur, il violoncellista Pieter Wispelwey affronta queste opere con quell’appropriata vivacità e quella raffinatezza e sensibilità che sono diventate il suo marchio di fabbrica.

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"Wispelwey profiles himself again as a charismatic musician who knows how to transfer the fun of music to the listeners." 
Luister, 01-3-2015

The dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey takes us into a game with style and epochs.
Crescendo, 13-2-2015

Plaatpaal Radio 4
Plaatpaal Radio 4, 12-1-2015

This cellist controles the light-hearted dance as well as the sensitive, sensual expressions. I don't doubt that experts and lover of good classical music will like, even love this recording.
kultur-online.de, 07-1-2015

A CD with unconventional composed repertoire. A CD that awakes pleasure of listening. A CD that is great as a gift in the season after christmas. And a CD that one do not like to slip away.
NDR Kultur, 02-1-2015

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