Pablo Casals, cello, and Albert Sammons, violin, w/ BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Adrian Boult, Elgar: Cello Concerto in e minor, Op.85; Violin Concerto in b minor, Op.61

Anastasia Tsioulcas

By Anastasia Tsioulcas

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

This recording offers two legendary performances on a single album: Albert Sammon's confident, forceful 1929 reading of Elgar's bristling Violin Concerto, led by Henry Wood, and the magnetic, luminous Pablo Casals '1945 interpretation of Elgar's extraordinarily moving Cello Concerto, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. Even if Casals occasionally goes a bit astray technically, the emotional energy of both of these performances is transcendent and in both cases the marriage between composer and interpreter is a perfect, glorious match.