3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's ok, but not an award winning recording,
This review is from: Elgar & Carter: Cello Concertos (Audio CD)
I lost count of how many recordings of the Elgar cello concerto I have on CD, LP and SACD,from the early 1928 recording with Beatrice Harrison and the LSO conducted by the composer himself, to Du Pre', Natalie Clein, Paul Watkins, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis and now this more recent version with Alisa Weilerstein. I like the piece so much!!!
If I could take just one piece of music with me on a desert island, it would be the Elgar.
The “favourite" version is, of course, a very personal choice, but as a classical music lover and student cellist the version of the Elgar cello concerto I go back to again and again, whether it is simply for the pleasure of listening or when I am studying the piece is the award winning 1985 recording with Julian Lloyd Webber conducted by Yehudi Menuhin and chosen as the “finest ever version” by BBC Music Magazine. To me, to date, this recording has known no equals. Menuhin had recorded the Elgar violin concerto with the composer himself conducting and knew very well what Elgar wanted to communicate through his music. He was a Romantic at heart, his enormous passion was concealed behind his English nobility and it was in this way that he would communicate his love for the piece with the audience.
I think this can be said in the case of Menuhin conducting and Julian Llloyd Webber playing the Elgar cello concerto, too. Great command, tremendous passion but no aggression, no brutality at all.
I can't say the same for Alisa Weilerstein and Baremboim. It just doesn't feel quite right.