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Order number B 108 089
David Pia - Concertos for Violoncello
Raphaela Gromes & Julian Riem


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Eugen d’Albert (1864-1932)
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
in C Major, op. 20 (1899)

Max Bruch (1838-1920)
Kol Nidrei, Adagio for Violoncello and Orchestra, op. 47

Ernst von Dohnányi (1877-1960)
Konzertstück in D Major for Violoncello and Orchestra, op. 12 (1903/04)

Max Bruch (1838-1920)
Canzone for Violoncello and Orchestra,
op. 55 (1891)

David Pia, violoncello
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Ulf Schirmer
Recorded in Studio 1 at Bayerischer Rundfunk, March 2014

A Co-Production with BR-KLASSIK

(German, English)
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David Pia aspires to take his listeners to a place “where time stands still or at least the feeling of time is transformed – to an inner world where all feel a sense of closeness to themselves, and where I most like to be myself.”

Bridges of Tradition - David Pia plays d’Albert, Bruch and Dohnányi

David Pia has known ever since his childhood what constitutes a great musical tradition, as his grandfather was the legendary conductor, organist and director of the Munich Bach Choir, Karl Richter. This is why, when selecting pieces for his first album as cello soloist with orchestra, he has not fallen back on the popular concertos by Haydn, Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Dvorák, Prokofieff or Shostakovich, but instead chosen masterpieces from the autumnal years of the fading Romantic era that were once highly regarded and have now been rediscovered. The result is thus neither another mainstream product, nor a contribution to the cabinet of curiosities.

D'Albert's highly virtuosic concerto of 1899 stands out for its instrumental elegance, enchanting melodies and subtle harmony. Dohnányi's Concert Piece of 1904, on the other hand, captivates the listener with its poignant passion, climaxes and contrasts, and a tendency towards symphonic monumentality. Bruch's Canzone envelops the listener in the innocent beauty and warmth that are so typical of the composer. Kol Nidrei, a elegiac piece based on Hebrew melodies, is among Bruch's most famous works.
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"... Pia is a polished performer who never misses a note or a meaningful phrase, and the orchestra blends with him beautifully. All is recorded with a highly realistic balance and warmth of tone that makes for a satisfying experience for the ears and the heart."
American Record Guide, D. Moore, 2016, June

"[...] an extremely impressive and valuable solo debut."
Fanfare, Jim Svejda, 2016, June

"Recording of the month!... Pia, with rare artistry, excels throughout in poise and security. His playing is well focused and there's a remarkable purity of sound which coupled with a distinctive intimacy captures the true spirit of the music. ... Hats off to David Pia for sacrificing the more obvious works and selecting mainly unfamiliar, yet eminently attractive repertoire. Compellingly played to an elevated standard I cannot praise this album highly enough."
musicweb-international.com, Michael Cookson, 2016, April

"Recording of the month!... This is one of those rare instances where I enjoyed every note from beginning to end, and I shall be returning to this disc many times in the future. This stunning debut CD wins hands down."
musicweb-international.com, Stephen Greenbank, 2016, May