>I don't have the CD but as I am intrigued by and quite appreciative of
>the cello concerto you mention above - Carlos Prieto's cello is
Perhaps a personal story might be of interest. Several years ago
Prieto was in Austin. At that time I was in charge of the recorded
sound collection. He came into our library and asked to see me. I had
never heard of him before. He was a friend of Gerard Behague, a Latin
American specialist on our faculty. Prieto and I spoke for awhile and
he gave me a pile of CDs of his playing. When I looked at the repertoire
he had recorded, on labels that were very little known at that time in
the US, our conversation gained new energy and went on for quite sometime.
While I was not overcome by his playing at that time, I was delighted
to know of his deep knowledge of and appreciation for the literature.
He was totally unpretentious, a complete gentleman and most gracious,
and to me, a rather noble sort of individual. While his technique was
not that of a Rostropovich, but then only a Yo Yo Ma is that good, his
interpretations conveyed to me a great respect and love for the music.