Antonin Dvorák Cello Concerto and Dumky Trio Review

BBC Review

Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Prague Philharmonia under Jiri Belohlavek play Dvorak's...

Andrew McGregor 2005

This is all about Dvorák's chamber music, and if you doubt me, just listen to the slow movement of the Cello Concerto: Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Prague Philharmonia in rapt communication...we're just eavesdroppers on an intimate conversation. In the outer movements Queyras's instinctive musicianship and ravishingly beautiful tone are bewitching, and Belohlávek follows every imaginative twist and turn in his soloist's phrasing; they're glued together like the finest ballroom dancers.

Better still is the coupling; the Dumky Trio with Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov...and given my admiration for Faust's recording of Dvorák's Violin Concerto, I had high hopes - and they were gloriously fulfilled by a team whose warm-hearted generosity with Dvorák's lyrical gifts was matched by their uncanny ability to make even the most jolting of Dvorák's tempo changes feel as easy and natural as drawing breath. So when's Alexander Melnikov going to record the Piano Concerto? It's his turn, surely...I can't wait.

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