An all-you-can-eat Prokofiev buffet from the Mariinsky
…Earning second prize in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, this tall, youthful cellist, with a mop of unruly hair à la Steven Isserlis (but without the curls) is a real talent. His sound is big-boned, with soulful legatos, iron pizzicatos and percussive attack which made easy work of Prokofiev’s wiry writing in an admirably taut account. The Mariinsky’s accompaniment was sketchy at times, the first horn having the good grace to look embarrassed after a mangled solo. Ramm’s terrific Gaspar Cassado encore, infused with earthy Spanish inflections, was well-received.