LALO: CELLO CON­CERTO; BER­LIOZ: LOVE SCENE; SAINT-SAËNS: CELLO CON­CERTO NO 2

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DERVAN

Pi­eter Wis­pel­wey (cello), Flan­ders SO/Seikyo Kim

Onyx 4107 As you would ex­pect of the com­poser of the Sym­phonie es­pag­nole for vi­o­lin and orches­tra, Lalo’s Cello Con­certo has plenty of at­trac­tive ideas and mo­ments of spe­cial or­ches­tral colour­ing. Saint-Saëns hit the spot with his First Cello Con­certo, but didn’t quite re­peat the feat with his Sec­ond, where some of the tech­ni­cal de­mands out­bal­ance the re­wards they de­liver. In Pi­eter Wis­pel­wey’s new record­ing, it’s the charm of the Lalo that comes across most fully. The still­ness of Saint-Saëns’s slow move­ment, for which the al­ways sen­si­tive Wis­pel­wey pro­fesses a spe­cial af­fec­tion, doesn’t quite de­liver the req­ui­site magic. The two con­cer­tos are sep­a­rated by noc­tur­nal calm of the d’amour from Ber­lioz’s Roméo et Juli­ette. url.ie/dzi7

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