, March 2013
Besides its gorgeous cover photo, this disc has three main attractions: Dvořák’s music, the comprehensiveness of the collection, and the cello playing of Christian Poltéra. None of them disappoint.
Poltéra’s playing is preferable almost everywhere; he has the perfect light touch in the opening tune, for instance, compared to Kliegel’s heavier, dour treatment. He also sounds more playful and ‘American’ in the sonatina’s finale.
The shorter works are all delights…
Basically, if you love Dvořák, and you love good cello playing, acquire this. Poltéra is an admirable performer, Kathryn Stott is a good partner, and the chance to hear so many of the composer’s gems on this instrument, played so well, is not to be missed. This disc is an ideal companion to the legendary concerto. © MusicWeb International Read complete review