Four Visions of France - French Cello Concertos
The luminous textures and sensual orchestral colours that are
considered essential features of French music reflect the genre’s
history of great names renowned for their art of instrumentation
and sensitive use of timbres. They include the composers of the
cello concertos on this recording: Camille Saint-Saëns, whose skill
in instrumentation always combines colour with transparency;
Édouard Lalo, who was highly esteemed by Claude Debussy
for the wealth of colour in his works; and Arthur Honegger, who
painted striking soundscapes not only in his Cello Concerto, but
also in his works for smaller ensembles.
Often it’s the fine shadings and delicate transitions that
characterise the tone colours of French music and are responsible
for its delightful charm.
Daniel Müller-Schott – a 2019 Opus Klassik award winner –
appealingly combines five works from the French kaleidoscope
of sound on his newest album with the DSO Berlin and Alexandre
Bloch – Four Visions of France.