Gramophone Magazine Awards Issue 2017 Disc of the Month
Grammy Awards 60th Awards (2017) Nominee - Classical Instrumental Solo
Gramophone Awards 2018 Finalist - Concerto
If the two Haydn concertos are the most accomplished contributions to the cello’s burgeoning repertoire written in the eighteenth century, the CPE Bach coupling is scarcely less fine. Two charmingly rococo encores complete this latest essential release from Steven Isserlis.
These interpretations sing of an artist still thoroughly in tune with his previous thoughts, but who is keen to develop those ideas further. He's supported every step of the way in this pursuit by the warmly responsive Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen... Isserlis's 1998 recording [of the Haydn] remains classy stuff, but this has superbly trumped it. Gramophone
His interpretations, graceful and finely-etched before, now have a more rugged depth, and the new variants on his own cadenzas speak of experience…His own arrangement of Mozart’s heavenly ‘Geme la tortorella’ from La finta giardiniera is a masterclass in radiant, unshowy legato. BBC *****