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This SACD in Tacet’s always superb Real Surround sound begins with a lively, highly inspired performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Variations Concertantes. This inspired interpretive approach also benefits the other cello pieces.

In Schumann’s Cello Concerto, Miklos Perenyi, now 74, shows that this work is not necessarily bursting with power, but rather thrives on contrasts, which he plays out generously, thus underlining the quasi-improvisatory character of the music and its typically romantic imaginativeness in the corner movements. He plays the slow movement with a beautiful and lyrical cello sound. Conductor Andras Keller responds very well to this music-making of the soloist, so that one can speak of a truly coherent interpretation.

Remy Franck

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