96kHz/24-bit, FLAC; Audite 97734 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Marc Coppey is a French cellist now 47, his talents first spotted by Menuhin, whose repertoire spans from Bach to Boulez and Carter. He plays a 1711 Matteo Goffriller cello – and here, of course, faces enormous competition in the Dvorák from the span of Casals to Fournier, Rostropovich and Isserlis. But this is a real discovery – an almost completely satisfying account of the Concerto with expressive but restrained solo playing (rather reminiscent of the aristocratic Pierre Fournier’s) with superbly matching accompaniment from Karabits. Hear how the wonderful horn solo in the exposition is exactly mirrored by Coppey! My one reservation is that his very first entry is mic’d up, although a more normal perspective follows. Schelomo follows a similar musical path that’s restrained but very effective. CB
Sound Quality: 90%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Recorded at 96kHz/24-bit, the engineers for this Audite release have successfully utilised the fullest dynamic range without compression or clipping. Free of spuriae too, save for a small spike at 39kHz, this is an exemplary download. PM
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