Haydn & Bach: Cello Concertos

Steven’s new disc with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is available now on iTunes. Ranked No. 1 on the Specialist Classical Chart the week it was released. Listen to a mini-taster on YouTube.

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‘[…] this album is worth acquiring whether you’re yet to own a recording of these masterpieces or your collection is already bulging with them. Isserlis’s 1998 recording remains classy stuff, but this hassuperbly trumped it.’


‘Historically informed and personality-rich performances from Isserlis, stylish and vibrant ensemble support, and phenomenal new cadenzas. This feels like a benchmark recording.’

TOP CHOICE, Gramophone


The Strad

‘the very first notes of the 1st Concerto have a terrific energy, as does the virtuoso passage-work that follows, but Isserlis is too much of a romantic to focus exclusively on the sunny side of the music. He limns the graceful melody of the slow movement with a hint of pathos, and gives the operatic flourishes of the 2nd Concerto a real vocal expressivity’

The Telegraph

“His partnership with the brilliant Bremen orchestra is a musical marriage made in heaven.”

The Sunday Times

“an album to treasure… This recording is a real tonic. I defy anyone not to smile at Steven Isserlis’s effervescent readings of Haydn’s graceful and urbane cello concertos… He spins an exquisitely light and agile line, maintaining a delightfully sunny disposition, even in each concerto’s adagio.”

The Observer

“His interpretations, graceful and finely-etched before, now have a more rugged depth, and the new variants on his own cadenzas speak of experience…His own arrangement of Mozart’s heavenly ‘Geme la tortorella’ from La finta giardiniera is a masterclass in radiant, unshowy legato.”

BBC Music Magazine, November 2017, *****