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Dvorak * Bloch: Bloch Schelomo Dvorak Silent Woods, Op 68 No. 5 B182

Magazine article Gramophone

Dvorak * Bloch: Bloch Schelomo Dvorak Silent Woods, Op 68 No. 5 B182

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Dvorak * Bloch

Bloch Schelomo Dvorak Silent Woods, Op 68 No 5 B182. Cello Concerto, Op 104 B191 Marc Coppey vc Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Kirill Karabits Audite [C] AUDITE97 734 (69' * DDD)

While not wishing to mislead with excessive praise, Marc Coppey's 2016 account of the Dvorak Concerto more reminded me of Emanuel Feuermann's various recordings than any others that I've heard in recent years, and by that I mean Feuermann as a mellow-toned 26-year-old (under Michael Taube) and on richer, later broadcast recordings with Leon Barzin and Hans Lange conducting. Then again, I've always been smitten with Feuermann's approach to the work, his seamless, full tone, quietly expressive phrasing, strength of projection and evenly deployed vibrato.

Coppey's first entry (3'28") suggests unflappable confidence and when the music takes flight soon afterwards he employs a keen-edged staccato while retaining his characteristic rich body of tone. Also, Coppey's approach exploits the instrument's entire range with ease: the lovely second subject is as gently seductive as the more assertive passages are bracing. Try the perfect diminuendo at 1 '36" into the Adagio-, this sort of playing has me reaching for the rewind facility just for the pleasure of enjoying it a second or third time. …

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