playing from this young cellist in a debut of distinction."
this showing, he is a player of discernment and finesse, phrasing eloquently and
conjuring a beautiful range of colours from his mahogany-toned 1682 Rugeri cello."
Wigmore, The Daily Telegraph
articulate musician with zest, spontaneity, technical assurance and a lovely sense
of line......a major talent."
Helen Wallace, BBC Music Magazine
all the finesse, poise and virtuosity of a star in the making......He displays
a fresh insight, effortless musicianship and a confidence belying his years."
Holden, The Observer
Classics scores another hit in its Debut series."
Raymond S. Tuttle, International
Paul Sizer, Muso
his rich but clean tone and strong but fluent technique, it's clear that English
cellist Richard Harwood spent time in Vienna studying with the great Heinrich
Schiff. Restrained but deeply expressive, intelligent but profoundly soulful,
virtuosic but less concerned with showing off his talent than with delving into
the music, Harwood is imbued with the spirit of the central European tradition
of selfless music-making."
James Leonard, allmusic.com
from the solo opening of Beethoven's op.69 is the voluptuous shaping of Harwood's
phrasing - no half measures here. His playing is hard to beat for sheer beauty
Janet Banks, The Strad
young English cellist Richard Harwood has chosen wisely for his calling-card debut
CD for EMI. He clearly has a hand-in-glove musical relationship with his pianist,
Christoph Berner. And he shines in all the repertoire he's chosen, major sonatas
by Beethoven and Chopin, given with ardent grandeur and generous lyricism, and
a clutch of encore pieces delivered with a quality of finish that appears to come
from superb technique allied to deep affection. Expect to hear a lot more from
both of these performers."
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times
the opening Beethoven sonata, he delivers the alternating phrases of fiery energy
and melting sweetness with equal conviction... With an EMI debut of this strength,
I’m already looking forward to the next one."
Charlotte Gardner, bbc.co.uk/music
Harwood's debut CD with Christoph Berner contains some quite extraordinary technical
accomplishment and a very fine balance of cello and piano (quite rare these days)
achieved by EMI. I particularly enjoyed the Chopin Sonata and a first rate account
of Popper's Elfentanz."
Keith Harvey, Violoncello Society of London
Harwood's cello recital does indeed offer plenty to enjoy......Harwood and Berner
display fine duo partnership and strong, intelligent musical instincts."
Duchen, Classic FM Magazine
terrific CD debut."
Geoff Brown, The Times
Sonata in A Op. 69
1. Allegro ma non tanto
2. Scherzo: Allegro molto
4. Allegro vivace
Chant du Ménestrel Op. 71
Melodie in F (arr David Popper)
(arr W. Thomas-Mifune): Les Larmes de Jacqueline
Elfentanz Op. 39
Sonata Op. 65
9. Allegro moderato
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