Allmusic.com rates the new Delos release featuring Emanuel Gruber and Arnon Erez performing Mendelssohn: Complete Music for Cello & Piano a 4.5/5 in both performance and sound and adds some wonderful words from reviewer V. Vasan:
“When played well, the cello is one of the most soothing and emotionally moving instruments around. Emanuel Gruber’s mastery of this instrument is made evident on this album of Mendelssohn works for cello and piano. Accompanied by Arnon Erez, Gruber has recorded an album that is, in a word, beautiful. His athletic, supple style (certainly aided by the use of a wonderful instrument) effortlessly flows through the Variations concertantes, and Erez’s speedy piano never relents as he plays with a flourish…The listener can practically feel how Gruber is playing the instrument with his whole body. And yet he is capable of restraint, for the Andante features a quieter, more somber, liquid cello… It shows how wonderfully the musicians play in synchronicity, chasing each other in the music, or executing triplets with perfect precision. Gruber is undoubtedly among the best cellists, and with the Mendelssohn, it is a match made in heaven.” — V. Vasan, Allmusic.com
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