Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Truls Mørk (HD 1080p)
For the first time, cellist Truls Mørk plays and leads the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Here in Tchaikovsky's nostalgic Souvenir de Florence (arranged for string orchestra) from the 1800s.
Truls Mørk is Artist in Residence this season (2016-2017). Concert master is Per Enoksson. Recorded at Gothenburg Concert Hall on February 27, 2017.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
♪ Souvenir de Florence in D minor, Op.70 (1890, 1891-1892)
i. Allegro con spirito
ii. Adagio cantabile e con moto
iii. Allegretto moderato
iv. Allegro vivace
Truls Mørk, cello
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Truls Mørk
Gothenburg Concert Hall, February 27, 2017
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his string sextet Souvenir de Florence in Italy, though he revised it in Russia a few years later. In this work, Tchaikovsky's last for chamber forces, the composer seems inspired more by Italy's sunny climes than by its music, for it hardly sounds Italianate; moreover, the third and fourth movements are marked by a distinctively Russian character. The work is scored for two each of violins, violas, and cellos.
The main theme of the first movement, Allegro con spirito, has a Classical leanness quite uncharacteristic for Tchaikovsky. The alternate theme is warmer, more lyrical, and wholly more typical. Throughout, the music is light and generally high-spirited. The following Adagio cantabile also has a certain lean quality, though the main theme is mellifluous and richly Romantic. The mostly unison writing in the middle section is imaginative and rather daring. The third movement, Allegretto moderato, begins quietly, ominously. Gradually a more optimistic mood partially emerges from this dark haze, though the music remains muscular, rhythmic, and busy. The middle section is bright and lively; overall, though, the movement is emotionally reserved. The Allegro vivace finale, Russian to the core, has the atmosphere of an unbridled, joyous celebration; among its typically Tchaikovskian themes are bits of Swan Lake and other familiar works. The attractive fugue demonstrates the composer's deft abilities in a form he rarely employed.
Source: Robert Cummings (allmusic.com)
Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk is particularly noted for his romantic, emotional approach. His parents were professional musicians; his father was a cellist, and his mother a pianist. His parents taught him first, trying him on the piano and violin before John Mørk decided to teach Truls his own instrument, the cello. Truls liked the instrument because of its larger size, and insisted on starting his studies with the Bach Cello Suite No. 1 and the Brahms E minor Cello Sonata. "This turned out to be much more difficult than I thought it would be", he says, but he kept working at it. He says his father did not push him for fear that he would practice too much and become a musician.
At the age of 17, Mørk began studying with Frans Helmerson. Later he studied with Austrian cellist Heinrich Schiff, then in Moscow with Natalia Shakhovskaya, a pupil of Mstislav Rostropovich, whom Mørk had admired for his broad range of color and his flexible, melodic use of vibrato. Mørk dislikes the German style of even vibrato, which, he says, drains the music of its vitality.
In 1982 at the age of 21, Mørk became the first Scandinavian to win the International Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition. He also won the Naumberg Competition in New York in 1986, the Cassado Cello Competition in Florence in 1983, and the UNESCO Prize at the European Radio-Union Competition in Bratislava.
His international touring career commenced in 1989 when he was selected to travel with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Mariss Jansons on their 1994 North American tour. Since then he has appeared with many of the world's best-known orchestras and conductors, in both evergreen concertos and in new works by composers such as Pavel Haas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Hafliði Hallgrímsson, and Einojuhani Rautavaara.
Mørk is also an active chamber musician and appears frequently in festivals throughout the world. He was the founder of the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, which he directed for its first 13 years.
Mørk plays a rare 1723 Domenico Montagnana cello purchased for him by the SR Bank.
Source: Joseph Stevenson (allmusic.com)
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