Alisa Weilerstein signs to Pentatone

Martin Cullingford Tue 16th January 2018

Cellist to begin partnership with Haydn and Schoenberg

Alisa Weilerstein signs to Pentatone (photo: Paul Stuart)

Alisa Weilerstein signs to Pentatone (photo: Paul Stuart)

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein has signed to the Pentatone label.

The first release under the partnership, due later this year, will pair the First and Second Haydn Cello Concertos with Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. The American cellist will be performing with the Trondheim Soloists, the Norwegian chamber ensemble with which she is Artistic Partner. 

Commenting on her new label relationship, Weilerstein said: ‘Pentatone’s values are in line with mine. Our conversations about repertoire have demonstrated the depth of their knowledge and, perhaps even more importantly, their eagerness in encouraging me to expand my musical horizons.’ She concluded her statement saying: ‘I feel completely at home.’

Weilerstein’s recent recordings were for the Decca label, including the Elgar and Elliott Carter concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin, an Editor’s Choice in February 2013 - and, like her new disc, another intriguing and unusual repertoire pairing. The following July, her recording of Dvorák’s Cello Concerto had prompted our critic Andrew Achenbachto to write: ‘Not only does Weilerstein possess a flawless technical address, lustrous tone-production and intrepid range of dynamic, her playing evinces a captivating candour and risk-taking flair that not only succeed in activating the goosebumps (always a good sign) but also make you hear the music with fresh ears.’ 

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