Review by drdanfee May 23, 2007 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
|Dvorak Cello Cto by Suzanne Ramon, Orbelian, Russian Phlharmonia: Yum
From the first ravishing first movement theme played by the creamy woodwinds of the Philharmonia of Russia (whose heart is the members of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra), to the last vital closing note plunked by Suzanne Ramon’s cello – this Dvorak cello concerto via SACD disc is ever so winning.
Its surround superaudio sound warmly recreates the beguiling full-frequency ambience of the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
Ms. Ramon simply is so at one with her chosen instrument, a 1690 Guarnerius cello, that one must stand in aural awe of the depth of musical magic she conjures. Or is it this marvelous Guarnerius that helps conjure such rapt playing from her?
By the last notes of the Dvorak, a listener might freely echo Johannes Brahms remarks to the composer: If I had known a cello concerto could sound like that, I would have written one myself.
The remainder of the disc has three extremely soulful, beautiful lyrics, one composed by Dvorak, another by Glazunov, and the other by modern French composer Serge Kaufmann.
If you really want to hear whether your chosen home system is up to speed on its abilities to reproduce low string sound, this SACD will tell you. But who needs contests, when there is such a scintillating stream of eternity, all feeling, alive, flowing right by?
Highly, highly recommended. Thus, worth the extra effort to get the disc from French Amazon.
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