WQXR: The Best New Classical Releases of August 2018

“Schoenberg’s music is put into even starker relief on Transfigured Night, a collaboration between cellist Alisa Weilerstein and the Trondheim Soloists, a Norwegian chamber orchestra… Even by Haydn’s sunny standards, his two cello concertos effuse a particular joie de vivre, sharpened by Weilerstein’s bright tone and brisk tempos. From heights this high, it’s difficult to prepare for a drop as precipitous as Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht… Schoenberg’s setting is accordingly grim, but Weilerstein and the Trondheim Soloists work hard to pad the blow, rewarding with finely-calibrated dynamics and resonant ensemble playing.”