About the Bach Six Suites -
"You heard the severe beauty of much of the music... It was anything but
just-playing-the-notes... a sense of histrionic values is essential, and in
this instance, with the Bach Cello Suites, they worked to impressive effect.
Richard Buell, The Boston
"Phenomenal artistry -- richly used vibrato -- it was startling to see Neikrug
demonstrate how he can connect pizzicato and legato with the same hand, how he
can make lightning changes of fingering and conquer double stops even in
playing and concept justified the advanced laurels given him. His efforts are
primarily directed at beauty of sound, agility and richness of expression. He
possesses and extraordinary technical versatility. He uses his astounding
faculties by treating the cello with an effortless ease as if it were a violin.
Yet, at the same time, he correlates the flowing figuration with the fuller and
softer glow of his instrument."
"Great Master of the Cello" "...mastery of tone
production. Demonstrated unusual technical facility that intrigued not only the
ears, but also the eyes -- dramatic power and spirit. The Scherzo-Tarantelle of
Wieniawski was an example of the highest possible bravura playing."
Prague, Rude Pravo
"American Virtuoso in Prague"
"Outstanding example of technical virtuosity. From the very beginning his
brilliance was apparent. His hands with their miraculous virtuosity and
flexibility could be compared only to the very greatest violinists. The Kodaly
Sonata was a masterpiece of intense feeling, virtuosity and drive. It is seldom
possible to hear a cellist with such a rich spectrum of sound as we heard in
Lidova, Democracie, Prague
"The consummate technical ability of the virtuoso, George Neikrug is
already a known fact. First of all, he is a real musician, with culture,
musicality and taste. Having succeeded in reaching that envied stage in which
technique becomes something natural, almost unobserved, he can offer himself
completely to interpretation."
"Neikrug proved that he masters not only the
virtuoso's remarkable means of expression, but also the artist's sharp
sensitivity. He offered us no less than nine encores."
Bucharest, Informatia Bucurressstiului
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