An agile hand
"Laurence Lesser possesses a bow rich in inflection and full of boldness, and an agile left hand, which dominates the strings.  The result is a warm and nourished sonority, lively and warm phrasing, and a discourse always supported by the intervention of the imagination."

Il Giorno, Milano, 1967

"Superb performances of Elliott Carter's Sonata and George Crumb's Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello... His playing was technically assured, full of intense concentration and, above all, magnificently communicative."

Ara Guzelimian, Los Angeles, 1977 

"...A highly cultivated interpretation of Debussy's cello sonata in which rhythm and dynamics were graded to the finest degree.  In Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, opus 33, which closed the program, the artist in addition to his brilliant virtuosity - brought into play truly magnificently his glorious singing tone."

Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Zurich, 1967 

"Lesser plays everything with massive authority and with a straightforwardness as rare as it is admirable.  His taste and musicianship are impeccable, his technique wholly reliable, the tone he draws suave and subtly nuanced... he effortlessly steered his way through a performance that might as well be called monumental."

Albert Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 1980

"The playing of this artist is powerful and spans a wide range of shadings.  Lesser is at home in the most differing of styles and strikes upon them astonishingly in his interpretations."

Neue Zurcher Nachrichten, Zurich, 1967

"This cellist has at his disposal an obvious artistic capability. Every piece that he played became a concentration of artistic intelligence, technique, and temperament."

Die Welt, Hamburg, 1967