Matt Haimovitz & Laure Favre-Kahn CD release

Critique du The Strad Magazine pour le CD Schumann avec Laure Favre-Kahn et Matt Haimovitz (label Transart Live)
Schumann: Cello Concerto, Piano Concerto. Matt Haimovitz (violoncelle) Laure Favre-Kahn (piano) Orchestra de Bretagne, dirigé par Grzegorz Nowak. Transart Live TR 158.
"An intimate yet well-balanced recording made in front of a mercifully quiet audience supports the chamber like dialogue between soloist and orchestra in this performance of the Schumann Cello Concerto. The conducting is incisive and expressive, with considerable attention lavished on inner orchestral detail. Matt Haimovitz offers a reading that is both sensitive and virtuosic: there is great poetic intimacy in the Langsam, particularly in the exposed double-stops, and he provides tremendous rhythmic energy in the finale, which is taken here at a steady tempo. A mellow and rewarding timbre form his 1710 Matteo Gofriller adds to the successful cocktail. All in all, this is not quite as enterprising a compilation as Haimovitz's previous release on this label, which coupled the two Haydn concertos with the rarely heard Feuermann arrangement of Mozart's Flute Concerto. That said, however, Laure Favre-Kahn delivers a pretty formidable interpretation of the Piano Concerto to make this a most attractive release".
Joanne Talbot - The Strad Magazine - July 2011

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