This seems to be one of BBC Legends' overlooked CDs, capturing Fournier in lovely form. The Dvorak Cto. dates from 1973 in stereo, with colin Davis supplying a vigorous accompaniment in the two outer movements and a fond, leisurely one in the slow movement. the spotlight is on the cellist, however, and Fournier performs a work that threatens to be overly familiar with a mixture of elegance and exuberance. You really get the feeling of a voice inside the instrument, something rather rare today. the sound is a little tubby and murky, probably due to the original tape not being in the best shape, but it's not hard to adjust to.
The Brahms Double Cto. with Francescatti is form the Ednburgh Festival in 1955, some years before the two recorded the work in stereo under Bruno Walter (that can be found in Sony's Walter Edition paired with the Schumann Piano Cto. with Eugene Istomin). Here the conductor is Malcolm Sargent, in good form - he latero gave sympathetic accompaniment to the young Du Pre in a riveting Elgar Cto., also on BBC Legends. The tubby sound is a hindrance here, but once you adjust, hearing Francescatti and Fournier in such sympathy with each other, and soaring so romantically through music that can turn melancholy, is a pleasure.
In all, a CD worth seeking out, and not just by fans of these somewhat neglected stars of the past.
ドヴォルザーク:チェロ協奏曲/ブラームス:二重協奏曲(フランチェスカッティ/フルニエ/BBC響/C. デイヴィス/サージェント)(1955, 1973) インポート
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Adagio Ma Non Troppo
3. III. Finale. Allegro Moderato
4. I. Allegro
5. II. Andante
6. III. Vivace Non Troppo