Dvorak Alisa Weilerstein
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- Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104, B191
- 11. Allegro (Original Version)14:42
- 22. Adagio ma non troppo (Original Version)11:23
- 33. Finale (Allegro moderato) (Original Version)12:36
- Vier Lieder, op.82 no.1, B157 arr. John Lenehan
- 4Lasst Mich Alein, Op.8204:18
- 5Rondo In G Minor, Op.9406:58
- Theme from Symphony No.9 after Goin'Home (arr. William Arms Fisher), arr. John Lenehan
- 6Goin' Home05:43
- B104, arr. Heinrich Grünfeld
- 7Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op.55 No.402:15
- 8Silent Woods05:04
- 9Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor Op. 46, No. 804:08
Info for Dvorak
American cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s new recording for Decca/Universal Music Classics will feature the music of Antonín Dvořák. The album explores works created during the time Dvořák spent in the United States, and will feature his Cello Concerto in B minor and Silent Woods, both recorded with Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic. Also included on the album are arrangements of “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka, and the song Goin’ Home, written by one of Dvořák’s pupils and based on the melody from the Largo movement of his “New World” Symphony. “Song to the Moon” and Goin’ Home were recorded in New York City at the American Academy of Arts and Letters with Russian pianist Anna Polonsky.
Called “one of the most exciting American cellists of the new generation,” by The New York Times, Ms. Weilerstein recorded the Dvořák concerto at Prague’s Rudolfinum, the same hall where Dvořák conducted the Czech Philharmonic’s inaugural concert in 1896. In addition to recording her album with the Czech Philharmonic, Ms. Weilerstein also opened the Philharmonic’s 2013-14 season in September with a performance of the Dvořák concerto, and is set to perform the piece on tour with Mr. Bělohlávek and the Philharmonic during the summer of 2014. Other highlights of the 2013-14 season include performances with the Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati (where she is artist-in-residence), Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco symphonies, and with the Israel and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras. Ms. Weilerstein will make her debuts with Orchestra Mozart in Italy and the Osaka Philharmonic in Japan. She will return to the Southbank Center in London to perform with Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to perform with James Gaffigan and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. She will also give a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall in December as part of a European tour with pianist Inon Barnatan.
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Anna Polonsky, piano
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek, conductor
Recorded at American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, 5 & 6 April 2013; Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, 28 & 29 June 2013 (Concerto)
Recording Producers: Friedemann Engelbrecht (Concerto); Alexander Van Ingen
Recording Engineers: René Moeller (Concerto); Silas Brown
Assistant Engineer: Doron Schachter (except Concerto)
Mastering Engineer: Neil Hutchinson, Classic Sound
Recording Facilities: Teldex (Concerto); Legacy Sound
American cellist Alisa Weilerstein has attracted widespread attention worldwide for her combination of natural virtuosic command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship. The intensity of her playing has regularly been lauded, as has the spontaneity and sensitivity of her interpretations. Following her Zankel Hall recital debut, New York Magazine wrote: “Whatever she plays sounds custom-composed for her, as if she has a natural affinity with everything.”
Weilerstein was born in 1982 into a distinguished musical family (her father Donald was first violin in the Cleveland Quartet; her mother is the noted pianist Vivian Weilerstein). She made her professional debut with the Cleveland Orchestra when she was 13 and her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Orchestra in March 1997. In 2000 she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2000-01 she was selected for two prestigious young artists programmes: the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) “Rising Stars” recital series and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two. In May 2004, she graduated from Columbia University in New York with a degree in Russian History. She was named the winner of the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award, and in 2008 she was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal prize for exceptional achievement. A graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Weiss, she was appointed artist-in-residence at the institute beginning August 2009.
In November 2009, Alisa Weilerstein was one of four artists selected to participate in a White House classical music event that included student workshops hosted by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and playing for guests including President Obama and the First Family. In December 2009 she was the soloist on a tour of Venezuela with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel.
Another milestone in her career came in spring 2010: Weilerstein made her Berlin Philharmonic debut playing the Elgar Concerto with conductor Daniel Barenboim; the concert was repeated in Oxford, televised live around the world and later issued on DVD. The Guardian reviewer of the Oxford concert wrote: “Alisa Weilerstein gave the most technically complete and emotionally devastating performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto that I have ever heard live.” In August of that year, Weilerstein made her BBC Proms debut with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä playing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, a work she performed in spring 2011 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov on a US tour.
Alisa Weilerstein signed an exclusive contract with Decca Classics in 2011. Her first recording under the agreement, a coupling of the concertos by Elgar and Elliott Carter, with Barenboim conducting the Berlin Staatskapelle, was released in January 2013. The New York Times acclaimed “the soloist’s superb control keenly matched by the conductor’s insightful support”. In April 2014 (US pre-release in January) Decca will issue her new recording of the Dvořák Cello Concerto, with Jiří Bělohlávek conducting the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and October will bring the release of her first solo album.
Alisa Weilerstein has already appeared with all of the other major orchestras throughout North America and Europe, with conductors including Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Paavo Järvi, Jeffrey Kahane, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Ludovic Morlot, Tadaaki Otaka, Peter Oundjian, Matthias Pintscher, Yuri Temirkanov, Juraj Valcuha, Simone Young and David Zinman. She also appears at major music festivals throughout the world as a soloist, recitalist and chamber player, including as part of a core group of musicians at the Spoleto Festival USA and performing with her parents, Donald and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, as the Weilerstein Trio.
Committed to expanding the cello repertoire, Ms. Weilerstein is a fervent champion of new music. She has performed Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul for cello and orchestra around the world. She also frequently performs Golijov’s Omaramor for solo cello. In 2008 she gave the world premiere of Lera Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for cello and piano with the composer at the Caramoor Festival.
Highlights of Alisa Weilerstein’s 2012-13 season included North American and European tours with pianist Inon Barnatan and her debut with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for a 16-city United States tour. She gave concerts in Berlin performing the Elliott Carter Cello Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle, appeared with Gianandrea Noseda and the Philadelphia Orchestra, made her debut with conductor Lionel Bringuier and the Atlanta Symphony and performed at the Kennedy Center with Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra. Her festival appearances in summer 2013 included Ravinia, Vail, Aspen, Grand Teton, Bonn Beethovenfest, Tivoli and Aarhus.
In the 2013/14 season Ms. Weilerstein is artist-in-residence with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has engagements with the Toronto, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas and Chicago symphonies and the New York, Los Angeles, Oslo and Israel philharmonic orchestras. Further plans include performances with the Australian Chamber, Philharmonia, Hallé and Zurich Tonhalle orchestras, the Netherlands Philharmonic and the NHK Symphony Orchestra as well as recitals in Europe and North America.