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Dvorak, Elgar, Schumann and Strauss

Antonin Dvorak, Edward Elgar, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss

KIM COOK, cello
Arkady Shteinlucht, conductor
Gerardo Edelstein, conductor

Gerardo Edelstein, conductor

2-CD set



"The soloist, when she enters, is authoritative, warm and very sure footed, and reveals what a remarkable artist she is...  This is a very good two disc set, accommodating the generous offerings of music recorded. The soloist, Kim Cook, a new name to me, is impressive. The orchestras are equally fine, and the overall compilation, with its comprehensive programme notes, is certainly well worth having."
Geoff Pearce, Classical Music Daily [November 2019]
"Kim Cook comes across as both Apollonian and Dionysian in equal measure. She is romantically emotive without undue over-statement and she articulates the parts with a kind of stately steadfastness that seems quite convincing to me. And to complete the aural picture the orchestra readings seem equally balanced and clearly articulated."
Gapplegate Review [September 2019]
"This program covers many of my favorite cello concertos with beads of silver. Kim Cook is a young but experienced...cellist from America. She plays these great works in a way that makes every phrase talk to the listener and to her friends in the orchestras, who talk back good-naturedly to her. The end result is one of the most intimate and impressive recordings of these wonderful concertos that I have heard lately... This is a set of interpretations that will make you love this music."
Moore, American Record Guide [November/December 2019]
"With Kim Cook performing on cello the Elgar, Dvorak and Schumann concertos and Strauss’ “Don Quixote” on an MSR Classics 2-CD recording, we are treated to superb fingering and bowing on a mellow, resonant instrument. Her playing inspires the accompanying orchestras to bravura heights. For me, her rendering of the Elgar concerto is especially enthralling... She can play her cello for me morning and day until evening, when I will have to put out the light... I do believe anyone with an open mind will find her playing enchanting, whether they are a classical buff or not."
Joel C. Thompson, Cherry Grove Music Review [August 2019]
"Performances of great warmth and sensitivity make a well-priced MSR Classics two-CD set an almost unalloyed pleasure.. Cook’s sumptuous tone, adept fingering and unending display of sonic beauty are the same throughout."
Mark J. Estren, [July 2019]
"Kim Cook does it again! The Nebraska native, Distinguished Professor of Cello at Pennsylvania State University, and world traveler shows us why each of her new releases on MSR Classics is a keenly anticipated event. With the assistance of two outstanding orchestras from Russia and the Czech Republic, she puts across four of the greatest beauties from the repertoire by Elgar, Strauss, Dvořák and Schumann. In these works the inner beauty of her instrument shines forth irresistibly."
Phil Muse, Atlanta Audio Society [January 2019]

“truly glorious tone”
Musical Opinion
“keen awareness of line and style”
The Strad
“the superb American cellist”
Die Rheinpfalz
American cellist Kim Cook has performed to critical acclaim as a soloist throughout the United States, in Australia, and in 28 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, where she toured as International Artistic Ambassador for the United States Department of State. Cook has received rave reviews for her many recordings, including concertos by Antonín Dvořák, Joseph Haydn, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, Camille Saint-Saëns and Édouard Lalo; and solo sonatas by Zoltán Kodály, George Crumb and Paul Hindemith. Her solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall were enthusiastically reviewed. She has performed recitals in New York, Baltimore and at the University of Cambridge, and given concerto performances with the Splitski Virtuozi chamber orchestra in Croatia, Volgograd Symphony Orchestra in Russia and Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra in Kiev. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television in Brazil, China and throughout United States. A native of Nebraska and a graduate of Yale University and the University of Illinois, Cook studied with Gabriel Magyar, Aldo Parisot, Alan Harris and Janos Starker. She was principal cellist of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and taught at New Mexico State University prior to her appointment at Pennsylvania State University, where she is Distinguished Professor of Cello. Cook performs on a cello made by Luigi Galimberti (1888-1957) of Milan.

A native of Argentina, Gerardo Edelstein has conducted orchestras and choirs in concerts and ballet and opera productions in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. Critics and audiences have hailed his performances as powerful, profound and exciting. Edelstein has guest conducted the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra in Ukraine, Tucuman and Mendoza Symphony Orchestras in Argentina, and at festivals in Dublin, Bordeaux, Zaragoza, Jerusalem, Istanbul and in the United States. He performed with the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. Edelstein earned music degrees from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, Jerusalem Rubin Academy and Rice University. He was associate conductor and music advisor for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra prior to his current position as director of orchestral studies at Penn State University. In addition, Edelstein is artistic director of Penn’s Woods Music Festival, and music director-conductor of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

Having an extensive operatic and concert repertoire, Arkady Shteinlucht has conducted in the theaters of Minsk, Kharkov, Kazan and Novosibirsk, and in concert halls in Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, Basel, Odessa, Ekaterinburg, Tbilisi, Riga, Tokyo and Seoul. Born in Leningrad, Shteinlucht graduated from the Lyceum School and the Leningrad Conservatory, where he studied with professors Mikhailov, Rabinovich and Dmitriev. He has worked as a choirmaster in the St Petersburg State Academic Chapel (Capella), conductor of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre and since 1989 has directed the St. Petersburg Mozarteum chamber orchestra. Currently, Shteinlucht is the conductor of the Zazerkalie Children’s Musical Theater in St. Petersburg and is artistic director of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory Orchestra.

EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934)
I. Adagio – Moderato
II. Lento – Allegro molto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro – Moderato – Allegro ma non troppo

Fantastic Variations on a Theme of a Knightly Character
Introduktion. Mäßiges Zeitmaß. Don Quixote, immersed in the study of
 chivalric romances, loses his reason and decides to travel the
 world as a knight errant
Thema. Mäßig. Don Quixote, the Knight of the Sorrowful
Countenance; Sancho Panza.
Variation I. Gemächlich. They ride forth, under the sign of the beautiful
 Dulcinea of Toboso; Battle with the windmills.
Variation II. Kriegerisch. Victorious struggle against the army of the great
 Emperor Alifanfaron. (The Battle with the Sheep)
Variation III. Mäßiges Zeitmaß. Conversation: Sancho’s questions, postulates,
 and adages; Don Quixote’s indoctrination, placation, and promises.
Variation IV. Etwas breiter. Battle with the penitents.
Variation V. Sehr langsam. Don Quixote on the night watch. Sighs, pleas,
 and protestations to Dulcinea.
Variation VI. Schnell. Meeting with Dulcinea.
Variation VII. Ein wenig ruhiger als vorher. The ride through the air.
Variation VIII. Gemächlich. Memorable adventure on the enchanted boat.
Variation IX. Schnell und stürmisch. Battle with the two sorcerers.
Variation X. Viel breiter. Don Quixote is defeated by the Knight
 of the White Moon; the journey home; Don Quixote
 decides to become a shepherd; Don Quixote’s mind
 emerges bright and clear from the shadow of madness.
Finale. Sehr ruhig. Don Quixote’s death.


I. Nicht zu schnell
II. Langsam
III. Sehr lebhaft

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Finale. Allegro moderato

MSR Classics
Cello Concertos; FAURE: Elegy KIM COOK

Cello Concerto No.1 & Rococo Variations