A Golden Cello Decade: 1878-1888 | Hyperion CDA68394

A Golden Cello Decade: 1878-1888

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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68394

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 4th November 2022



Steven Isserlis has curated another typically imaginative recital, in which all the works date – in one guise or another – from an especially fruitful decade in the history of the cello.

"Isserlis's lockdown project is a fascinating collection of interconnected solo cello pieces: Bach, the Russian master-cellist, and Isserlis himself are the links...but the Britten Suite is the meatiest item here: truly a "meditation" on death, as Isserlis calls it, and played with a technical and musical conviction worthy of its creators." – The Sunday Times on CDA68373


Le Beau’s compact and tuneful sonata has been recorded several times but never with anything like the exultant energy on display here. Isserlis pours his heart into the lilting slow movement, and he and Connie Shih seize every opportunity to ratchet up the drama ... Everything about this release is a pleasure, from the refinement and intensity of the performances to the absolute perfection of the recorded sound. Don’t miss it.  Andrew Farach-Colton
Gramophone December 2022
Isserlis is on top form here, playing with lucid intelligence, variegated bow weight and expressive intensity. Shih takes on her burdens with scrupulous clarity and together they form an immaculate team. A fine recording completes the pleasures of this slightly odd-looking but ultimately attractive disc.
MusicWeb International
No cellist alive can match the eloquent intent of Steven Isserlis’s line. Every phrase he threads through the warm embrace of Connie Shih’s pianism is articulated and ‘breathed’ with ardour of a great vocalist, while his mercurial energy sets alight the Allegro vivace.
BBC Music Magazine
Any programme by cellist Steven Isserlis is always chosen, prepared and ultimately performed with devotion; joined here by pianist Connie Shih, this is another wonderful album.
Gramophone December 2022
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