Sol Gabetta Münchner Rundfunkorchester Ari Rasilainen
Ms Gabetta once stated 'The cello speaks with a human voice'. Well it certainly does in the right hands and here you have a wonderful example of the art.
A most radiant, noble and lyrical work which is the perfect vehicle to let a cello find its voice. There's not much that I can say about the performance as it is utterly enchanting. She consistently finds a sublime depth of expression and tenderness that only the very best can find.
Gorgeous tone, but irritating tempi. More of a scamper at the start than a well judged entry. Just cos she can play that fast doesn't mean she should! Then the brakes slam on, and is too self-indulgent. The finale sounds all wrong to me, just a mess!
Maybe I'm just in a grumpy mood. I'll come back to this, but initial vote is 2/5.
I think this was her debut album? - I'd like to hear what she makes of it these days - maybe a more recent YT vid? I'll have a look.
... listening now to Leonard Rose (probably my fave cellist of all), pshhh, no comparison!
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Have a listen to Leanard Rose, he digs so much deeper into the music imo. And the conducting from Ormandy is way better as well, more vigorous and better focused. I even prefer the sq on the 1960s recording!