Steven Isserlis (cello), Thomas Adès (pi­ano) Hype­r­ion CDA 67948 ★★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS SHUFFLE - MICHAEL DERVAN

“I don’t know why it is,” says Thomas Adès, “that the cello of all in­stru­ments makes one dream of Else­where when one hears it. Per­haps be­cause the colours are so rich and widerang­ing, one can dream and find one­self in a dif­fer­ent place.” His own Lieux retrouvés (2009) is placed last on this disc, and the route to it is ex­clu­sively through some of the Else­wheres of the cello reper­toire by Liszt, Janacek, late Fauré and Kurtág. The con­nec­tions are all ex­plored in Steven Isserlis’s wide-rang­ing note. The Else­wheres of Lieux retrouvés are a kind of ev­ery­where – its four move­ments cor­re­spond to wa­ter, moun­tains, fields and city – and the man­ner is extravagantly vir­tu­osic. Isserlis un­der­stand­ably refers to “mind-and-body-bog­gling de­mands”. The per­for­mances are all you could wish.

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