Originally Posted by Yikes
Janos Starker and London Symphony Orchestra – Schumann Cello Concerto.
Outstanding recording of my 2nd favorite Cello Concerto (my favorite being Elgar’s, but there aren’t any great Sonic recording of it) Excellent test of imaging and micro and macro dynamics of the full orchestra as well as the lead cello. As well as being a virtuoso performance.
Late to the party but: Great impressions Yikes, thanks. Outstanding gear to boot, world-class stuff!
I was wondering if you're aware of Sol Gabetta's just released version of the Elgar. I must have listened to it 8 times since I got it 2 weeks ago. Wonderful sound quality. My new favorite recording and interpretation of the concerto, no kidding. Just read the new Gramophone and they pretty much say the same thing. Her Vivaldi disc is also awesome.
I'll be checking out the Starker and some of your other listed recordings...........
“The recording ambience in the Danish Radio Concert Hall is close, plush, swimming in reverberation...Gabetta’s ample-breathed phrasings and graceful fingering increase the recording’s warmth farther still as she steers the work toward a celebration of song.” The Times, 18th June 2010 ***
“Sol Gabetta's Elgar Concerto is one of the best around, a heartfelt, tonally rounded performance, intimate and wholly at one with Mario Venzago's generally subtle handling of the orchestral score...Hers is a softly spoken presence, especially beautiful in those infinitely sad modulations that fall towards the end of the piece.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010
“Gabetta's technique is breathtakingly good throughout - dead in tune, even in the trickiest passages - and her phrasing is equally magnificent: this is very fine cello playing, placed entirely at the service of this immortal masterpiece...the result is a fully integrated account such as we do not always hear on disc. I urge all Elgarians to hear this” International Record Review, October 2010