[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Monday 15 February 2016
Sir Edward Elgar's sublime Cello Concerto receives an impassioned new performance from Steven Isserlis, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Paavo Järvi. With additional works by Sir William Walton and Gustav Holst, as well as a miniature suite for solo cello by Imogen Holst, this is unquestionably one of the year's most eagerly awaited releases.
"It's no surprise, perhaps, that Steven Isserlis's latest reading of the Elgar concerto should be special: this is a long-loved, lived-in interpretation in which every superfluity has been scoured away leaving only an extraordinarily pure line of expression. This mesmerising meditation couldn't be in better hands" BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Choice March 2016
"With his immaculate technical address and ravishingly songful, mellow tone, Isserlis strikes precisely the right balance between classical strength and private introspection, his contribution as full of radiant spontaneity and tumbling fantasy as one could wish. Make no mistake, every aspect of this enterprise reflects enormous credit on all involved, not least Hyperion's art department, whose choice of the evocative Study of Westminster Bridge (1878) by Giuseppe Di Nittis (1846-84) to adorn the cover was surely an inspired one. An unmissable release." (Gramophoen March 2016)
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