Dominion Post, Wellington, 26.03.2013 5 Stars
“The German cellist Daniel Muller-Schott is an exceptional player and a musician of rare insight. This new recording adds to a distinguished discography with playing that is absolutely riveting. … Muller-Schott doesn't displace Rostropovich but offers, instead, a different approach; one that is just as potent, and one supported with playing from the Cologne Radio Orchestra that is marvelously taut and involving. …” » more
Exciting new release from cellist Daniel Müller-Schott
"Daniel Müller-Schott masters the musical breadth and virtuosity of these works in a perfect symbiosis with the WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne under its principal conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Every note, every arc of the musical narrative throbs with energy. However much the listener may be influenced by Mstislav Rostropovich’s classic recording, this fresh and masterful approach to both works is in no way inferior, but appeals through its inherent musicality, its precise interpretation of the score, and the soundscape which unfolds freely around it.
An incisive and transparent rendition
Müller-Schott’s technique in the Prokofiev piece of rising above the orchestral sound again and again in every register of his instrument before fading back into the ensemble, and of rendering the classicistic dance-like passages of the final movement as incisively and transparently as the lyrical lament of the opening melody, is thoroughly captivating. The same interplay between intimate dialogue and symphonic rivalry is achieved to similarly spectacular effect in the Britten piece. The result is a brilliant re-recording of the Cello Symphony in time for Britten’s 99th birthday, representing a reverent and – in the best sense of the word – self-assured tribute by a younger generation to its master and mentor. Essential listening!"
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