"This is Gabetta’s second recording of Elgar’s elegiac concerto, live from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in 2014, and the acoustics are rich, warm and magnificent. Gabetta’s masterful reading is characterised by her trademark ‘singing’ tone; intense lyricism with just the right balance of languid restraint. [...] It’s [Bohuslav Martinu’s First Cello Concerto] a fabulously interesting work, with a stunning lyrical second movement that explodes in bursts of passionate intensity and is an excellent complement for the Elgar. Hopefully Gabetta’s recording will provide impetus for others, as there are only a handful currently in print. But for now, these new recordings of two significant cello concerti are not to be missed."
"Gabetta's second recording of the Elgar is a big-boned account, vibrant and intense, with richly textured support from Rattle: some listeners may crave a more restrained approach, although there is no denying the power of show. Unequivocally fine, though, is Gabetta's Martinu: the emotional heart of the first concerto lies in its expansive slow movement, to which she responds with true depth of feeling. Good live sound."
[...] "But her tempo is immediately convincing and musically coherent. It pays off with a transcendent pair of inner movements in which beauty is never defeated by melancholy, and the tremors of an old man’s regrets are laid to rest with a blessing. [...] This is five-star music making, no doubt about it."
(Musical Toronto, 18.11.2016)