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May 30, 2014 6:36 pm

Dvorák: Cello Concerto – review

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Weilerstein wowed everyone with her Elgar recording, and her Dvorák (to be reprised at this summer’s BBC Proms) is scarcely less impressive.

She is joined by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Jirí Belohlávek in a reading remarkable for its freshness and expressive freedom, with unexpected ritardandos and accelerandos: the American cellist plays across the bar lines, stressing the fluidity and intimacy of Dvorák’s lyrical lines, as if conversing with the music itself.

There are no mannerisms. The filler tracks – a handful of the same composer’s songful pieces for cello and piano – are not quite on the same level of inspiration.


Dvorák

Cello Concerto

Alisa Weilerstein

(Decca)

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