This D & G co-production with Denon and the BBC may only play for forty minutes, but quality before quantity – this is an impressive account of Elgar’s (ubiquitous) Cello Concerto, portraying Dai Miyata as a rich-toned, thoughtful and passionate cellist. Recorded in City Halls Glasgow last August in detailed and opulent sound (although it needs a little taming), Miyata, with plenty of dynamic support from Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish, gets to the heart of Elgar’s score without novelty, unless this is thought to be possibly the swiftest-ever reading of the second movement, without suggesting showmanship though, and which enjoys Miyata’s amazingly precise dexterity, Dausgaard and Orchestra with him all the way.
Also included is Dark Pastoral, David Matthews’s performing version (and titling) of sketches left by Vaughan Williams for the slow movement of a proposed Cello Concerto for Pablo Casals. It’s lovely music, akin to VW’s Fifth Symphony, Matthews’s title apt, every note ingrained to their composer, cueing much gratitude to the arranger, and performed here with haunting sympathy and eloquence. MDG 650 2181-2.