Wallace, BBC Music Magazine (February 2007)
"an articulate musician with
zest, spontaneity, technical assurance and a lovely sense of line......a major
Banks, The Strad (February 2007)
"Noticeable 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 of tone."
Duchen, Classic FM Magazine (February 2007)
Harwood's cello recital does indeed offer plenty to enjoy......Harwood and Berner
display fine duo partnership and strong, intelligent musical instincts."
Dervan, The Irish Times (January 26th, 2007)
"The 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."
Holden, The Observer (January 14th, 2007)
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."
Brown, The Times (January 12th, 2007)
"A terrific CD debut."
Leonard, allmusic.com (January 2007)
"With 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."
Druce, Gramophone (January 2007)
"Splendid playing from this young cellist
in a debut of distinction."
the start we can hear how Richard Harwood's magnificent sustained tone is malleable
enough to bring out the force of each melodic inflection, and Berner succeeds
in giving a meditative, poetic character to every gesture."
four short pieces are played with true feeling and, in the Popper, exceptional,
precise brilliance. The Potton Hall recording has a warm sound and natural clarity.
For this fine young cellist, it's an auspicious start to what I'm sure will be
a distinguished career in the studio."
Sizer, Muso (December 06 / January 07)
Reviews (source: emiclassics.co.uk)
Clifford - 13/09/2007
"This is one heckuva Debut!! Berner & Harwood make
for a winning duo throughout this different and delightful program. Kudos to Arne
Akselberg for superior sonics that invite a good wallow in Harwood's incredibly
opulent, fulgent tone. All in all, the most enjoyable cello disc of the past year."
"The warmest richest sound I have ever heard from a cello,
coupled with Richard's outstanding musicianship and wonderful interpretation make
this a real "must have" CD."
Reviews (source: iTunes)