Fanfare Magazine CD Review by Jerry Dubins
Beautiful playing of neglected repertoire
MOÓR Cello Concertos
Crocks Newsletter (Clofo.com)
Moór: Dbl Conc (2 vcs & orch), Vc Conc 2, Prel (vc & orch); P.Szabó/I.Szabó/Hamar/Misk SO [Hung]
Emanuel Moór Cello and Double Cello Concertos from Hungaroton
"Beautiful playing of neglected repertoire.... Péter Szabó, long-time principal cellist of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, is joined by his daughter Ildikó for a double concerto regularly performed by Casals and his regular partner Guilhermina Suggia. The two unite in organ-like sustained chords in the first movement and play a lovely, weaving duet in the Adagio Moór’s lyrical passages are irrefutably beautiful and Szabó is a passionate advocate for them, ..."
The Strad (Janet Banks)
"Cellists Péter and Ildikó Szabó are far and away more technically adept and culturally attuned to this music, and as important, if not more important, conductor Zsolt Hamar fully appreciates the symphonic nature of these scores and leads his Hungarian Miskolc Symphony Orchestra in vibrant, vital performances."
Fanfare (Jerry Dubins)
"That is no slight on these fine performances by Péter and Ildikó Szabó in the Double Concerto and Péter Szabó alone in the C sharp minor. They, together with a well-honed orchestra, tap the music’s lyrical and athletic seams with terrific aplomb;"
"in all other respects these are are robust, impressive works, which receive fine, convincing performances."
"In this all-Hungarian production, highly acclaimed cellist Péter Szabó is the lead soloist. He gives spirited, heartfelt performances of all three works, and gets a splendid assist from his daughter Ildikó in the double concerto."