Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Op 104 B191

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Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Op 104 B191


Nepil, Hannah, Gramophone


Dvorak

Cello Concerto, Op 104 B191 (a). Piano Trio No 4, 'Dumky', Op 90 B166 (b) Sebastian Klinger vc (b) Lisa Batiashvili vn (b) Milana Chernyavskaya pf (a) Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern / Simon Gaudenz Oehms (F) OC1828 (72' * DDD)

Sebastian Klinger--first solo cellist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra --has already committed several chamber and instrumental works to disc. But this is his first recording of an orchestral warhorse. Were it not for a certain reluctance to take risks and a certain emotional tepidness, one might call his Dvorak Concerto remarkable.

It is never anything less than refined, with a natural feeling for the composer's lyricism. Klinger allows nothing as unseemly as a breath to intrude on the long-limbed phrases, and the contours of the dancing rhythms are meticulously chiselled, without once coming across as self-conscious. All of which endows the outer movements especially with momentum.

But where is the spontaneity? The heady sense of abandon? …

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