In this recording of Haydn's two cello concertos, Steven Isserlis demonstrates his absolutely gorgeous tone combined with technical prowess and authentic style. Unlike most other recordings of the cello concertos, Isserlis performs with a small orchestra and takes a faster tempo, sticking close to all of Haydn's musical instructions. As always, Isserlis breezes beautifully through the treacherous technical passages, playing them as music to equal the famous singing lines. Every note is heard crystal clear. The divertimento reveals Isserlis's lesser known (but no less sophisticated) side as a chamber musician. The instruments blend perfectly, and the music is reminiscent of one of Haydn's great symphonies. If you're looking for a recording of the Haydn cello concertos, this is certainly one of the very best, with the added bonus of the divertimento.