When I clicked on this title to see what people thought of this recording, I couldn't believe that there were no reviews of it, so I decided to write one myself. I own several versions of the Dvorak cello concerto, which I consider amongst the 10 best cello concertos ever written, some very recent, some rather old, like Piatigorsky's and Rostropovich's legendary recordings, but this is the one I go back to again and again. Over the years, Julian Lloyd Webber has come to be associated mainly with twentieth-century repertoire, and British music in particular: Elgar, of course, but also Delius, Holst, Bridge, Rawsthorne and Ireland. However, Julian shows a great understanding of the Dvorak concerto and gives us a marvellous interpretation of it, which knows no equals. His version of the Dvorak Concerto, recorded at the Dvorak Hall in Prague with the Czech Phil. and Neumann just hits the spot, it feels just right and clearly shows that it is the result of a solid collaboration between soloist, conductor and orchestra. The pace is right, the acoustics are great, the balance is good and therefore the dialogue between soloist and orchestra works perfectly and results in a great sense of unity. Buy the CD and experience it for yourself or, if like me, you prefer the more authentic sound of vinyl, look for the LP version, (if you are lucky enough to find it!) and you'd own a small treasure.
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