Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 17 (2) Ignacy Jan Paderewski
The intensity and poetry of Jean-Guihen Queyras and Jiří Bělohlávek's Prague Philharmonia performance of great Dvořák works will linger long after listening
Repertoire: Cello Concerto; Piano Trio No.4, ‘Dumky’
Artists: Jean-Guihen Queyras; Prague Philharmonia/Jiří Bělohlávek
Label: Harmonia Mundi HMC 901867
Not since Bernard Haitink’s 1970s LPO-accompanied version for Maurice Gendron (Philips) has the Cello Concerto sounded as glorious as this. Add to that Queyras’s masterly playing (more thoughtfully poetic than usual in this work) and the only thing lacking is a sense of spontaneity. Strangely enough, it’s the intensity and emotional volubility of the coupled ‘Dumky’ Trio that leaves the strongest impression here.