‘Her physical strength is great’ - From the archive: April 1923


A review from the archive of Portuguese cellist Guilhermina Suggia

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For some time Madame Suggia has been in the front rank of living ’cellists, first by reason of her technique, secondly because of her fine musicianship, and lastly by virtue of her intensely passionate nature. She is of Italian descent, and it was born in her to feel things personally and to display her feelings in gesture, facial expression, tone, and phrasing. She lives in music, and she permits it to warm the remotest regions of her soul; yet she has no interpretative extravagance, and does not tear her passion to tatters. Thus she is masterly with Bach, very graceful, tender and fluent with Haydn, and warmly romantic with Dvorak. Her Saint Saens is a miracle of clearness. I have not heard her play Delius…

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