Release tour Transfigured Night
Alisa Weilerstein and the Trondheim Soloists Scandinavian release tour of Transfigured Night
Trondheim Soloists are extremely proud to announce the launch of our new recording with Alisa Weilerstein.
Here she takes on the role as both soloist and leader in both of Haydn's Cello Concertos and Schönberg's epic work for string ensemble; Verklärte Nacht. The recording will be released at a Scandinavian tour with concerts in Trondheim, Vara and Copenhagen.
Visit Pentatone page of the recording here
The Times: "What do they put in the water in Trondheim"
The Trondheim ensemble manage the feat of being throbbingly intense and meticulously exact, andthis performance knocked me flat.
Faced with the Trondheim Soloists’ gutsy fervour as they beaver through the late romantic paroxysms in the string orchestra version of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, a casual listener might wonder: “What do they put in the water in Trondheim? How come the musicians have such zing?” Well, the players are young, which always helps, but aside from the water, or the Norwegian air, another reason must be the galvanising presence of the always exciting American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the ensemble’s new artistic partner.
She gives us an immediate demonstration of her powers as the soloist in two Haydn cello concertos, music of an earlier Viennese age, although delivered with such volatile passion and flying fingers that no trace of dust remains. Even so, the interpretation that makes this album essential is the electrifying account of Schoenberg’s pivotal early piece (1899), based on Richard Dehmel’s enraptured poem about two lovers, a moonstruck forest and another man’s baby in the woman’s womb.
Here, Weilerstein is largely embedded in the ensemble, but she springs up for achingly soulful solo spots as the musical voice of the male lover, who hastens the night’s transfigurations by saying (although much more poetically): “It’s OK by me.” Yet this truly is a group triumph. In the singing lines of this hypnotic work, the Trondheim ensemble manage the wonderful feat of being throbbingly intense and meticulously exact at the same time, and this performance knocked me flat. If it’s something they do put in the water, I’d like to get it bottled.