Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dvorak, Bruch, Bloch - Cello Concerto, Kol Nidrei, Schelomo - Pierre Fournier

 


 

 

 

 

Review:

Though the 'warhorse concerti' each have champions, there are few who would deny the elegance and passion that Pierre Fournier brought to this treasured Dvorák Cello Concerto in B minor.

Pierre Fournier Another legendary George Szell recording, this time partnering him with Pierre Fournier, the magnificent French cellist. At the very beginning of his career, Szell recorded this concerto in Prague with the Czech Philharmonic and none other than Pablo Casals. That recording, made around 1938, is still available. This stereo remake with the Berlin Philharmonic shows both artists at the very peak of their form. The couplings, too, are uniquely appealing. This is a very compelling performance.

 

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