The du Pre recording is very good and I certainly prefer it to her other recordings (yes, even the Elgar) but for no-nonsense, no gimmicks, no throwing the cello at the bow and tossing the head, I would always opt for Pierre Fournier who, unlike his contemporary, Paul Tortelier, sat quite still and moved only his left hand and his bow arm; allowing the music itself to focus one's complete attention.
Originally Posted by Barbirollians
BTW I can't comment on Rostropovitch because I have not heard him playing this particular work, but my admiration for him is unbounded.
I have, and love, the recordings by du Pre and Paul Tortelier. I know they can be annoying to watch but I like their playing and on CD I don't care how much they throw the cello at the bow. It's the resulting sounds that count to me
The Coin / Orchestre des Champs Elysées / Herreweghe performance captures the intimacy of the piece very well, IMO.
Do seek out and listen to the Fournier, however. The economy of movement is, as in the drumming of Eddie Prevost, a significant contributory factor in the musicality of the performance. The French EMI 4 CD set, "Les Introuvables de Pierre Fournier" should grace any cello enthusiast's playback system. [For the sake of 'monophobes', perhaps I should mention that the Schumann concerto, recorded in 1956, is the only stereo recording in the 4 disc set.]
Originally Posted by salymap
Last edited by Bryn; 16-06-12 at 11:01.
Originally Posted by visualnickmos
The recording of the Schumann cello concerto that I admire best of all is played by Heinrich Schiff and the Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraSchiff under Bernard Haitink on Philips.