Simon K. Ho | LA | 03/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In my opinion, Feuermann is bar none the greatest cellist who ever lived, yes, greater than Rostropovich and Casals. And before you label what i just said as blasphemy, i ask you this: buy the recording. I ahve owned the Casals and Rostropovich interpretations of the Dvorak for many years. And being a cellist myself, i have always felt that while these recordings are respectable, they aren't played with the speed that Dvorak had intended this concerto to be played. And that is definately understandable considering that this is perhaps the most technically difficult of the cello repetoire. Then when i got a hold of the Feuermann interpretation, i was blown away at the sheer mastery of this concerto both in the technical and interpretation departments. Yes, the accompaniment is plain AWFUL in this recording, but i personally employed a skill whcih i learned from watching Fahrenheit 911: block it out. For an example of Feuermann's mastery, listen to the "Allegro: conclusion" sample that is provided. That is one of the most difficult passages that i have ever been presented with and Feuermann makes it sound like cheesecake. In my opinion, Feuermann is to the cello what Heifetz is to the violin. and the Dvorak is Feuermann at is absolute finest."
A Profound Chant
Jasper Tsai ½²©¾Į| | Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. | 02/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A very warm playing of Haydn's Cello Concerto, especcially in the 2nd movement. I was on my way to the office in the subway, in a despair mood amidst the crwoding commuters. Then I heard him chanting through the cello in the earphone, and almost till then I'd first time listened to his playing concentrated, the turbulent heart seized to tranquility. His playing is so articulate and tender, with heart and soul.
The tempi of Dvorak Cello Concerto is not as wide as other versions I've heard, however, the nostalgia just flows smoothly through his calm and steady articulation. It seems he sings with his soul, but not emotions, to comfort you from the despair and voidness.
A best try for these two works though the conductor of Dvorak doesn't do his work quite well. But Feuremann worths it."