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Milestones: 6 Cello Concertos spanning 200 years
Franz Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, Paul Hindemith
Milestones: 6 Cello Concertos spanning 200 years
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #4


      
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Marvellous cello concertos
Jill Malter | jillmalter@aol.com | 08/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a terrific set of cello recordings, with Pieter Wispelwey as the cellist. The first disc (of four) has the two famous Haydn cello concertos. We're treated to Wispelwey's fine candenzas for all three movements of the D major concerto and the first movement of the C major one. The final movement of the C major is a test for any cellist: can one play it fast and cleanly? Before I heard Wispelwey, my favorite was the recording by du Pre. But I now prefer this recording, which has an unbelievably fast tempo.

The first disc includes an unusual recording of Haydn's final symphony transcribed for flute, piano, and string quartet.

There is a fine selection of cello works on the remaining discs. The most famous ones are the cello concertos by Schumann, Dvorak, and Elgar. But there are also works by Hindemith, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Davidov, and Lutoslawski. Throughout, Wispelwey's technique is superb, and I also enjoyed his interpretations and his very lively tempos.

I highly recommend this set of cello works."