FOUR VISIONS OF FRANCE: Daniel Müller-Schott

In Four Visions of France, his newest album (ORF-C988211) for ORFEO, German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott plays five works from the French repertoire

With Alexandre Bloch on the podium leading the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and playing a Matteo Goffriller 1727 cello, Müller-Schott, visits Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor and his Romance in F Major, in the version for cello and orchestra, Édouard Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D Minor, Arthur Honegger’s Cello Concerto, and Gabriel Fauré’s  Élégie, in the version for cello and orchestra.

Müller-Schott, winner of the prestigious Opus Klassik award in 2019 plays Saint-Saëns’ bravura test piece broadly in the opening Allegro, playfully in the Allegretto, and energetically in the closing Allegro. Later the Romance in F Major is tenderly executed by Müller-Schott.

By contrast, the cellist’s take on the Élégie of Gabriel Fauré is all gentleness and delicacy, his mining of the early 20h century sound in Arthur Honegger’s Cello Concerto bespeaks boldness and incisiveness, reflecting the jazz-influenced music of the least stylistically-Gallic member of Les Six.

When it comes to Édouard Lalo’s less-French than most work among those of his contemporaries: the Cello Concerto in D Minor, Müller-Schott embraces the grandiose, quasi-Wagnerian music with no small measure of impassioned fervor. Throughout all of the works featured in this interesting album, the soloist and his colleagues from the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin play with commitment and unimpeachable style.

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