At one with the cello’s charm
'Word had got round among the cognoscenti, judging from the Who’s Who of leading cellists sitting in the audience, and the word was that here was an artist of exceptional talent and musicality. The very first note of Prokofiev’s C major Cello Sonata revealed a tone of extraordinary richness – deep, dark and confidently projected – and, as the sonata progressed, the broad range of timbre and expressive command in Carroll’s playing came accross compellingly....Carroll, still only in his late twenties, is an artist to watch'.
Thomas Carroll was the soloist in Schumann’s Cello Concerto and demonstrated a highly individual musical personality, an assured technique and also the stamp of innate musicianship and artistry, along with the ability to respond to the vibrations and emotional tenor of the occasion. Here was an interpretation which achieved a wonderful sense of immediacy yet without ever losing a moment’s poise.
Musical Opinion Sinfonia Cymru/Brecon Cathedral September 2002.
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