Gramophone Magazine January 2017 Editor's Choice
For the young Alban Gerhardt, Rostropovich was ‘a reason to become passionate about the cello’: in the notes accompanying this release he recalls being ‘blown away’ on first hearing Slava play live in Berlin. This splendid follow-up to Casals Encores sees Gerhardt paying homage to his great predecessor with an eclectic programme of shorter works, including two by Rostropovich himself.
[Gerhardt] matches [Rostropovich] note-for-note, with a degree of eye-watering finesse that would have surely made his hero smile. The same can be said for the mercurial moto perpetuo of Christian Sinding’s Presto and the student Rostropovich’s own hilarious, gravity-defying Humoresque (a killer encore). BBC *****
A genuinely thoughtful and engaging tribute recital, and a compelling partner to the Casals. Gramophone