Steven Isserlis’ “magnificent” (Bachtrack) performance at the BBC Proms 2016 has been described as worthy of a gold medal, according to Steph Power of The Independent, who writes in her four-star review: “If the Proms awarded medals for cello gymnastics, soloist Steven Isserlis would surely win gold for his fiendishly beautiful rendition of Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés.”

Mr. Isserlis was performing Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés, originally written as a cello sonata in 2009 but re-arranged for chamber orchestra, alongside the Britten Sinfonia with Mr. Adès conducting.

Mark Thomas in his review for Bachtrack, also gave the performance a four-star rating, writing: “Steven Isserlis, for whom the piece was written, was magnificent. He was highly expressive and unassumingly virtuosic, and seemed to become part of the music.”

George Hall (The Guardian) stated: “Isserlis brought subtlety and conviction to the piece”.

Finally, Sam Smith of MusicOMH writes in his four-star review: “The soloist being Steven Isserlis for whom Adès had originally written the work, we felt we were experiencing the definitive performance of the piece… the performance felt brilliantly pitched in every way.”

Steven Isserlis is performing works by Beethoven at the Edinburgh International Festival on 23 and 24 August. For tickets and more information click here (for 23rd) and here (for 24th).

Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians, revisited by Steven Isserlis, is released 1 September. Pre-order your copy at