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.’

Gramophone

‘Delicious’

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, *****