Steven Isserlis Wins

While I think all the cellists who have made names for themselves are wildly talented and admirable, there’s one cellist who keeps winning. Steven Isserlis plays every piece of music the way I want them to be played. He’s sensitive, particular about where he uses vibrato, dramatic with dynamics, a stickler about tone, and he takes his time in just the right places. The Bach Cello Suites are perfect in his hands. The Martinu Sonata sounds effortless. People always say that Rostropovich’s Dvorak’s Cello Concerto is the quintessential rendition, but after watching this video of Steven Isserlis, I think I have a new favorite. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.