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Dvořák's New World Symphony inspired Herbert's Cello Concerto No. 2, which in turn inspired Dvořák to write his Cello Concerto, a masterpiece among concerti. Dvořák's Silent Woods begins the disc.
"Recording this Dvořák Concerto, which has been recorded by virtually all the great cellists of the 20th century … is quite a challenge. The veteran American cellist James Kreger meets it handsomely. His highly disciplined cello playing is uniformly rich in sound, pure in intonation, and convincing in phrasing." —Robert McColley, FanfareReturn to top
“Kreger’s interpretation is absolutely magnificent …. He has all the qualities for playing these works. The precision, intonation, virtuosity, sound, more indispensable here than elsewhere, because Mendelssohn is also a composer of immediate seduction, of a charm of the first order that must be founded on a beautiful sonority and on beautiful phrasing validating the ineffable cantabile line.” —Répertoire (France)Return to top
“James Kreger’s cello Don is positively luminous in the finale.” —Colin Clarke, FanfareReturn to top
“Moving toward the heart of the disc, we find Ibert's little-known gem, Concerto for Cello and Wind Instruments (1925), the lyrical answer to Milhaud's spareness. Soloist James Kreger rises to the formidable technical and expressive demands of the piece and then transcends them. His interpretation is broad and passionate without being cloying. Even in the percussive sections, he never sacrifices his singing tone. For such a commanding solo presence, Kreger is surprisingy sensitive in the passages which call for dialog with instruments of the ensemble.” —High Performance ReviewReturn to top