Like so many other cellists, I too have inspired by Feuermann. What people don't know is that he often just came to these recording sessions, pulled out his cellist and without warming up would play, often only doing one or two takes and this what we hear. There was such a tremendous naturalness to his playing.
Primrose, what can you say? Such a wistful quality in his expression along with a warmth of tone. He doesn't deny the emotion and yet still maintains the playful quality of the music. It sounds so easy. A gem. IMHO he's the stuff greatness is made of...and I'm not a violist.
And relative to his practicing, I heard that when he would sit on the train going to his next concert, he would visualize the performance mentally, hearing it perfectly and seeing every motion exactly. Then he said, "It was like I loaded the gun, then when I got on stage, I pulled the trigger."
Excellent Post thank you.
Felix Salmond, Leonard Rose's teacher, had one of the most exquisite sounds ever heard on the cello and combined with his impeccable taste in phrasing make his lyrical playing some of the most satisfying in the history of the cello.
Thanks for posting this. It has always been a favorite. Silverstein is such a great player.
I totally loved this performance. Szeryng's beautifully crafted playing. Leinsdorf's sensitive accompaniment. Truly great...