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Label: haenssler CLASSIC

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Concertos

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  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788): Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq. 170:
  • 1Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq. 170: I. Allegro assai09:13
  • 2Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq. 170: II. Andante07:37
  • 3Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq. 170: III. Allegro assai06:01
  • Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 171:
  • 4Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 171: I. Allegretto07:42
  • 5Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 171: II. Adagio06:53
  • 6Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 171: III. Allegro assai05:44
  • Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq. 172:
  • 7Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq. 172: I. Allegro05:57
  • 8Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq. 172: II. Largo con sordini, mesto06:59
  • 9Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq. 172: III. Allegro assai04:20
  • Total Runtime01:00:26

Info for C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concertos

On this released recording, Julian Steckel joins the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester under Susanne von Gutzeit to perform C.P.E. Bach’s cello concertos. As one of the very first solo concertos for the cello, these works demand much of the soloist both on a technical as well as a musical level. Julian Steckel has impressively mastered this challenge.

Johann Joachim Quantz, a contemporary and colleague of C.P.E. Bach at the court in Potsdam wrote that playing a solo on the cello is no easy feat and that the “performer must be born with long fingers and strong nerves“ in order to cope with the chords. It goes without saying that Julian Steckel possesses both of these qualities, a keen sense of music as well as an ability to completely immerse himself in his work, which makes the recording a true delight for the ears. The CD is also a real gem as these works are not part of popular standard repertoire, yet are equally valuable in every respect.

In 1750 C.P.E. Bach began writing his three cello concertos. In contrast of the norm, the pieces were written for the middle-class musical society in Berlin and Potsdam- not for the composers royal emperor. Julian Steckel couples with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester to perform Bachs three concertos. The Stuttgarter Kammerorchester is under the direction of Susanne von Gutzeit.

„These are lively performances of three outstanding pre-classical cello concerti, full of drama, but more genial than disturbed.“ (Richard Kraus, MusicWeb International)

Julian Steckel, cello
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Susanne von Gutzeit, conductor

Julian Steckel
In 2010, Julian Steckel played his way to first prize in the ARD International Music Competition clarifying once and for all that a promising career lie ahead. He also garnered the Audience Award, the Oehms Classic award as well as the prize of the Münchner Kammerorchester. His list of prizes is a long one: prior to receiving the above accolades, he won prizes at the Grand Prix Rostropowitsch in Paris, the Grand Prix Feuermann in Berlin and Pablo Casal’s Competition in Kronberg. In 2012, Julian Steckel was awarded the much coveted ECHO Klassik for his recording of the cello concertos of Korngold, Goldschmidt and Bloch’s “Schelomo” with AVI music alongside the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz under Daniel Raiskin.

Today, Julian Steckel’s continues to play as authentically as ever with a focus on performing with major orchestras throughout Europe including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Radio Symphony Orchestras Berlin, Stuttgart, Saarbrücken, Copenhagen and Warsaw, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Orchestre de Paris, the Kremerata Baltica, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Franz-Liszt Kammerorchester Budapest and the Zurich, Stuttgart and Vienna Chamber Orchestras. He has partnered with conductors Sir Roger Norrington, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Gimeno, Mario Venzago, Christopher Hogwood, Kazuki Yamada, Heinrich Schiff, Andrey Boreyko, John Storgårds, Daniel Raiskin, Andrew Litton, Lan Shui and Michael Sanderling.

In addition to his work as a soloist, Julian Steckel also dedicates his time to chamber music. In numerous concerts, he can be heard alongside musicians such as Janine Jansen, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Veronika Eberle, Menahem Pressler, Vilde Frang, Lars Vogt and Alexander Lonquich. A number of the foremost chamber music ensembles also value collaborating with the talented cellist including, among others, the Quatuor Ebène and the Armida and Modigliani Quartets, with whom Julian Steckel performed at major festivals such as “Spannungen” Heimbach, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Ludwigsburg, Moritzburg, Bonn, Schwetzingen, Zermatt, Mondsee and Lucerne.

Partnered with pianist Paul Rivinius, Julian Steckel has released a number of recordings to much critical acclaim. His latest CD of all C.P.E. Bach cello concertos together with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra has been released in March 2016.

In the current season Julian Steckel is artist in residence with the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, making his debuts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, performing the premiere of a new cello concerto by Alina Sadikova, following his reappearance in Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna and is furthermore giving concerts in Paris, Amsterdam, Lille, Istanbul, Brüssel, Prague, Auckland and in his home town Pirmasens.

Julian Steckel studied with Ulrich Voss, Gustav Rivinius, Boris Pergamenschikow, Heinrich Schiff and Antje Weithaas. Since 2011, he is professor of cello at the Rostock University of Music and Drama. He plays an Urs W. Mächler cello (2005), and in his free time enjoys living in Berlin.

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