Prism is the very first fusion band in Japan. The band is originated from the band formed by Akira Wada / Ken Watanabe / Daisaku Kume / Kohki Itoh / Katsutoshi Morizono / Rika Suzuki in 1975. The band was selected as an opening act for the Eric Clapton's Japan tour in 1976. After heavy competition among record companies, the band signed with Polydor Records and released the 1st album "Prism". Upon its release, many fans queued up at the stores and sold out in many places. Following year, the debut concert was held at the Sugino Kodo Hall in Meguro of Tokyo. The fans made a line as long as it can reach Meguro station. It was such a sensational beginning for the band.
What a versatile artist Steven Isserlis is. Having made his name as a sympathetic interpreter of a wide variety of romantic and modern music, here he shows he can be just as persuasive in eighteenth-century repertoire. His stylistic awareness is evident in beautiful, elegant phrasing, selective use of vibrato and varied articulation, giving an expressive range that never conflicts with the music’s natural language. In the cello concertos he is helped by an extremely sensitive accompaniment, stressing the chamber musical aspects of Haydn’s pre-London orchestral writing. The soft, intimate sonority at 3'06'' in the first movement of the D major is a typical example. The Adagios are taken at a flowing speed, but Isserlis’s relaxed approach means they never sound hurried. The Allegro molto finale of the C major Concerto, on the other hand, sounds poised rather than the helter-skelter we often hear. In his understanding of the music, Isserlis is a long way ahead of Han-na Chang, whose version places the emphasis on fine, traditional-style cello playing. Mork’s vivacious, imaginative performances characterize the music very strongly, but my preference would be for Isserlis’s and Norrington’s lighter touch and greater refinement.