"This product offers a stunning combination of talents. In a market replete with magnificent accounts of Strauss's don Quixote, Alexander Rudin and company more than hold their own and at a bargain price too. The tutti string tone is perhaps marginally thin but, for the most part, the playing of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland under its soon-to-be principal conductor is a revelation - warm, vivid and showing a wonderful grasp of the spontaneous and the rhapsodic. At his fist entry Rudin, despite playing with extreme expressivity, seems to lack weight and he is indeed upstaged by the ebullient Sancho Panza of Lars Anders Tomter. He hastily grows into the part, however, providing a fortnight, colourful and charismatic interpretation. He is vigorous in the first variation and his amorous aspirations and swoonings stand in brilliantly vivid contrast to the viola's matter-of-fact interjections in the third variation. The fifth variation amounts to a fluid and warmly voiced meditation featuring mellifluous A-string work and a spine-tingling sotto voce ending. There are resonant pizzicatos in the eighth variation and in the finale the poignant cantilena combined with the finesse of the orchestra engenders a real sense of catharsis."
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