On the other hand, Gautier Capucon is every bit as good, and we get to hear his work in modern, excellent sounding recordings. Actually we live in a time of plenty, with many excellent cellists. But of the current ones, Capucon is my favorite.
I love the sound of cello and also double bass. Cello concertos are my favorite.
Last night I did some comparative listening of Schumann by different cellists. Very interesting, and would be hard to do back in the days before streaming, Qobuz was perfect for this.
First I started off with the grand masters, Casals, Starker, Fournier, Du Pre, and then picked a few who are alive, Yo-Yo Ma, Gabetta, and Capucon.
Quite a spectrum. Here is how I would categorize them.
Fournier and Du Pre, are quite similar, energetic, powerful, deep.
Starker, clinical, cold, very little "expression".
Yo-Yo Ma, slow, romatic, expressive, mellow. Almost dragging on too much.
Capucon, not fast, not slow, tried to do a lot of variations, be different?
Casals, close to Fournier/Du Pre, but not quite so heavy but yet, very lively.
Sol Gabetta, a well balance of everyone, technically superb, energetic but not overly so, expressive, but not overly so.
I ended up liking Gabetta the most. Casals next, and then Fournier/DuPre.
It was tiring and I think at the end I had enough of Schumann for while.