DVORAK: CELLO CONCERTO [Mischa Maisky] When Brahms first heard Dvorak’s cello concerto he supposedly said: Why on earth didn’t I know one could write a cello concerto like this? If I’d only known, I’d have written one long ago. It is indeed a magnificent piece: its haunting cello melodies are mixed with rich orchestration, played here by the Berlin Philharmonic under Zubin Metta. This is a very good performance that is difficult to fault but one which is, perhaps, too mannered. It is paired with Strauss’s Don Quixote Suite where Maisky and Metta are joined by violist Tabea Zimmerman. Quixote is full of quaint musical dialogue between the two principals but it’s all a bit pantomime for my tastes.

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