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Dvorak & Schumann: Cello Concertos; Casals: The Song of the Birds / Pablo Ferrandez, cello

Notes & Reviews:

The highly influential French music magazine Diapason in France praised the young Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández by saying, "Ferrandez will be one of the best cellists in the future - No: he already is." After winning the prestigious Prix Edmond de Rothschild at the 2013 Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad in Switzerland, he went on to record his concerto debut CD. The disc includes Dvorák's masterpiece for the instrument, Schumann's intimate concerto from his last years and Pablo Casals's exquisite transcription of Song of the Birds, a much loved traditional Catalan song that was popular during the Spanish civil war.

The Guardian, 14th March 2014
He's a fine performer, with a warm tone and an impulsive, if refined, lyricism that makes him a natural interpreter for Schumann's concerto, with its melancholy elegance and flashes of mercurial wit.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
Ardent, tonally penetrating and skilfully structured. Ferrßndez is unfailingly elegant in the Schumann Cello Concerto...El cant dels ocells is the most revealing of Ferrßndez's individual voice, and just what he is capable of in terms of sound, line, and dramatisation. A gem on this promising debut disc.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Ferrandez is a highly emotional player with a fine technique and a feeling for rubato and the orchestra. Szulc joins him in expressing all the elements of these subtle, powerful pieces. If your ears can clarify the sound, this can be a fine experience.


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