Mstislav Rostropovich – Britten: Sonata In C For Cello And Piano (180g LP)

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The cello has always been held in high esteem for its warm, noble timbre and range of expression. So it is no wonder that numerous solo pieces have been written for the instrument. In this recording, the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, together with the great Benjamin Britten at the piano, have left the accustomed pathway to perform three less well-known – but nevertheless excellent – works from the 19th and 20th century.

Robert Schumann’s Fünf Stücke im Volkston allows the cellist to bring out the whole beauty of his instrument. Well-paced tempi, a crystal-clear tone, and an exquisitely precise piano part emphasize the unique character of this music – a work which points the way towards modern times.

The mysterious tonal and harmonic world of the Impressionists is evoked by Debussy’s Sonata for Piano and Cello. Written in the aftermath of the First World War, it reflects human tragedy and a feeling of oppression and anxiety.

Britten’s Cello Sonata was tailormade for Rostropovich and dedicated to the great cellist. The two musicians, both of them technical perfectionists, provide an inspired performance beginning with the thrilling dialogue of the very first bars, via a lyrical elegy, right up to the gripping Finale in 6/8 time. To sum it up: top marks for music, tonal quality and choice of repertoire.

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  • 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
  • High Quality Pressing
  • Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering

ID: Decca – SXL 2298, Speakers Corner Records – SXL 2298

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Mstislav Rostropovich

Cello

Benjamin Britten

Piano

Sonaten In C For Cello And Piano Op.65
A1.1Dialogo
A1.2Scherzo-Pizzicato
A1.3Elegia
A1.4Marcia
A1.5Moto Perpetuo
Funf Stucke Im Volkston
A2No.1 With Humor
A3No. 2 Slow
B1No. 3 Not Fast
B2No. 4 Not Too Fast
B3No. 5 Strong And Marked
Sonata For Cello And Piano
B4.1Prologue
B4.2Sérénade
B4.3Finale
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