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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious playing from Steven Isserlis and collegues...., 30 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Dvorak: Cello Concertos [Steven Isserlis, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding] [Hyperion: CDA67917] (Audio CD)
The first time I ever heard the Dvorak 'cello concerto was in 1979 when I picked up a bargain basement Lp of Zara Nelsova . Ever since then, this work has been a real friend, often called upon moments of extreme stress or happiness throughout my life.

I developed an obsession (again!) during the spring of this year and I did my best to hear as many recordings as possible. Of course, I wondered what Steven Isserlis made of the piece whereupon I was amazed to discover he had not recorded it! Most odd. However, I did discover a performance on the Berlin Philharmonic's website which simply blew every other recording away. (Well, perhaps not the amazing Rostropovich/ Karajan recording!)

And, hear at last, is the great man's recording. It really had been worth waiting for. It is simply GLORIOUS with superb collaboration from a top ranking orchestra and a very good ( but, perhaps, not great) conductor. The words subtle, impassioned, bold and soulful keep coming to mind. (Actually, keep words out and just listen!)

The 'fillers' are exceptional with Dvorak's other 'cello concerto. (Interesting but not great, IMHO). The great discovery, for me, is the original ending for the big concerto which Dvorak wrote before receiving the ness about his beloved sister in law's death.

That's enough pontificating! Buy it, listen to it and LOVE it!!!!
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