Distinguishing this reading was the immaculate dovetailing of lines at nodal points, and Newman’s remarkable colour. I have little liking for comparisons between instruments and voices but for once it can be justified. This young player’s cello has a distinctly vocal character which may spring from an ability to phrase his line as an informed singer does, or it could spring from the nature of his instrument which can provide a real tenor voice, not a consistently applied bull-roar rumble.
A Firm, Fruitful Friendship
— Clive O'Connell, O'Connell the Music