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TORLEIF THEDEEN

Having won three major prizes in one year Torleif Thedéen emerged onto the international stage to become one of the most popular cellists of his generation, appearing regularly as soloist or chamber player at numerous prestigious venues and with many illustrious colleagues. In 1986 he began recording for BIS; a decade later his release of Shostakovich cello concertos won the Cannes Classical Award. His philosophy on performing music is based upon a private, objective absorption and comprehension of the work in question that results in a highly subjective public account of it.

Thedéen’s sizable discography represents much standard cello repertoire as well as a number of less established twentieth-century works. J.S. Bach’s solo suites (2000) are given a mainstream modern treatment with a rather generalised incorporation of period style, including a relatively restrained use of vibrato and light bow action within consciously-crafted phrase-shapes. Dvořák’s Op. 104 Cello Concerto with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (2002) is also a modern rendition, conventional in most respects but particularly commendable for the hauntingly remote D major theme in the first movement. Equally effective is Brahms’s Sonata, Op. 38 with Roland Pöntinen (2010), although listeners may either approve the chaste treatment of the first movement or criticise it for a slight want of passion. The middle movement is similarly restrained, and the fugal finale perhaps a little dry and academic, although this is a very tidy interpretation. From a 2009 recording Sibelius’s ‘Lulu Waltz’ contains much elegant playing, whilst his Malinconia displays a variety of colours and textures: in the open sonorities Sibelius’s rather rustic (even primitive) sound-world is evoked effectively.

Thedéen’s aptitude for twentieth-century music (including works by Hindemith, Webern, Schnittke and Sandström in his discography) was indicated early in his recording career by a superbly crafted Britten Cello Suite No. 1 (1989) which, while drawing the listener into a private, intense sound-world, simultaneously demonstrates virtuosity and technical excellence, especially in harmonics and col legno effects. Equally fine is a performance of Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1998).

It is difficult to do full justice to Thedéen’s broad repertoire here, but it is hoped that these chosen recordings represent his qualities as a recording artist and cellist of some significance.

© Naxos Rights International Ltd. — David Milsom (A–Z of String Players, Naxos 8.558081-84)


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BACH, J.S.: 6 Suites for Solo Cello, BWV 1007-1012 BIS
BIS-CD-803-04
Instrumental
BLOCH: Symphony in C-Sharp Minor / Schelomo BIS
BIS-CD-576
Orchestral
BRAHMS, J.: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Violin Sonata No. 1 (arr. P. Klengel for cello) (Thedeen, Pontinen) BIS
BIS-SACD-1606
Chamber Music
BRAHMS, J.: Clarinet Quintet / Trio, Op. 114 / Lieder (arr. Fröst for clarinet and piano) (Fröst, Jansen, Brovtsyn, Rysanov, Thedéen, Pöntinen) BIS
BIS-2063
Chamber Music
BRAHMS: Clarinet Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Clarinet Trio BIS
BIS-SACD-1353
Chamber Music
BRITTEN: Complete Cello Suites BIS
BIS-CD-446
Instrumental
CHOPIN: Cello Sonata in G Minor / SCHUMANN: Phantasiestucke, Op. 73 BIS
BIS-CD-1076
Chamber Music
DVORAK: Cello Concerto / The Water Goblin / Karneval BIS
BIS-CD-1276
Concertos
GUBAIDULINA: '...The Deceitful Face of Hope and Despair' / Sieben Worte BIS
BIS-SACD-1449
Orchestral
GUBAIDULINA: Offertorium/ Rejoice! Freue dich BIS
BIS-CD-566
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH: Cello Music BIS
BIS-CD-816
Orchestral, Chamber Music
KOKKONEN: Complete Kokkonen Edition, Vol. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-468
Concertos
LALO: Cello Concerto / Symphony in G Minor / Namouna BIS
BIS-CD-1296
Concertos
LARSSON GOTHE / IBERT: Cello Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-1136
Chamber Music, Concertos
LUTOSLAWSKI: Cello Concerto / PENDERECKI: Cello Concerto No. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-937
Concertos
MOZART, W.A.: Clarinet Concerto / Piano Trio No. 2 / Clarinet Quintet in B-Flat Major (Fröst, Tamestit, Andsnes, Jansen, Rysanov, Thedéen) BIS
BIS-1893
Chamber Music
PROKOFIEV / RACHMANINOV: Cello Sonatas BIS
BIS-CD-386
Chamber Music
RAVEL / MARTINU / HONEGGER / SCHULHOFF: Duos for Violin and Cello BIS
BIS-CD-916
Chamber Music
SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Symphony in A Major BIS
BIS-CD-956
Concertos, Orchestral
SAINT-SAENS: Violin Concerto No. 2 / Spartacus / La muse et le poete BIS
BIS-CD-1060
Orchestral
SALLINEN: Variations for Orchesta, Op. 8 / Violin Concerto, Op. 18 BIS
BIS-CD-560
Chamber Music
SCHNITTKE: Cello Concerto No. 1 / Klingende Buchstaben / 4 Hymns BIS
BIS-CD-507
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Concertos
SCHNITTKE: Cello Concerto No. 2 / Concerto Grosso No. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-567
Concertos
SCHNITTKE: Epilogue / Cello Sonata Nos. 1 and 2 / Improvisation / Musica Nostalgica BIS
BIS-CD-1427
Chamber Music, Instrumental
SCHNITTKE: Piano Trio / Madrigals / A Paganini / Stille Musik BIS
BIS-CD-697
Instrumental, Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG: Verklarte Nacht / WEBERN: Selected Piano and Chamber Works BIS
BIS-CD-1467
Chamber Music
SCHULHOFF: Chamber Music BIS
BIS-CD-679
Chamber Music
SCHUMANN / ELGAR: Cello Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-486
Concertos
SHOSTAKOVICH / SCHNITTKE: Cello Sonatas / STRAVINSKY: Suite Italienne BIS
BIS-CD-336
Chamber Music
SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 BIS
BIS-CD-626
Concertos
SIBELIUS (The Essential) BIS
BIS-CD-1697-1700
Chamber Music
SIBELIUS / RAUTAVAARA / CRUSELL: Musical Souvenirs from Finland BIS
BIS-CD-1277
Chamber Music
SIBELIUS: Complete Music for Cello and Piano BIS
BIS-CD-817
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
THEDEEN, Torleif: The Japanese Cello BIS
BIS-CD-876
Chamber Music
WIREN: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-797
Chamber Music





 
 
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