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Mischa Maisky

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Mischa Maisky press reviews

Dvorak and Strauss / Deutsche Grammophon
“Both composers require a Romantic, lyrical delivery, a style of playing that is the absolute domain of Mischa Maisky.”
Strad, May 2009

“Maisky’s performance of these works could hardly be bettered.”
BBC Music Magazine, March 2009

Various: Song of the Cello / Deutsche Grammophon
"…there's such depth to these personal choices from Mischa Maisky that I can't imagine a more delightfully varied yet comprehensive showcase… this CD is a treasure."
Classic FM Magazine , March 2008

Dimitri Stikovetsky's string trio arrangement of Bach Goldberg Variations
"Maisky reveals a deft and thoughtful ensemble sensibility"
Gramophone , May 2007

NordDeutscher Rundfunk / Shostakovich First Cello Concerto
"As soon as Maisky played the first note, it was clear that his generous gestures are completely at the service of an interpretation that seeks to lay open the innermost soul of the music.  Maisky played with sharpness and a biting humour."
Hamburger Abendblatt , April 2005

"Maisky played the Shostakovich cello concerto no.1 with more lyricism than most of his colleagues.  The high point was undoubtedly the moderato, which grew ever higher in intensity, and spilled out into an unravelling cadence." 
Die Welt , April 2005

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Dv orák Cello Concerto
“Mehta praises ‘the translucency of his playing, which sounds so sensible and thought-through, without giving any impression of being artificial.’  I think I know what he means.  Maisky owns the heroic character of the work to such an extent that the first solo entry comes across as an extension of himself, played with great resolution, punching out the sforzando spread chords with no loss of tone quality.”
The Strad , August 2004
Beethoven Triple Concerto with Argerich and Capuçon / EMI
“Maisky’s cello holds sway in the first movement particularly, and his muscular but sensitive playing is a delight.  When he duets with Capuçon, the pair appear joined at the hip.”
The Times , June 2004

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Shostakovich First Cello Concerto
“…his performance had an authentic air of struggle and protest. As he flung off each jagged phrase he wheeled around angrily to hear the answering phrase from the timpani, his halo of grey hair flying. And, in the slow movement, he captured the broken, withdrawn, infinitely sad quality of the music.”
The Daily Telegraph , April 2004

“Maisky’s cello was soon soaring out to rise above anything the orchestra could pit against it, then ceding to an expressive horn solo. His was an intense, passionate performance that vividly brought out the work’s desperation…”
The Guardian , April 2004