Jamie Walton and Daniel Grimwood continue their performance partnership with this recording of sonatas for cello and piano by Shostakovich, Britten and Prokofiev. Walton and Grimwood are accomplished performers who regularly work together both on disc and in concert, as well being highly active in the wider musical world.
A recent highlight for Walton is his North York Moors Chamber Music Festival (where both he and Grimwood performed), which was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic society award in 2011.
9th March 2012
“Theirs is a true partnership, responding with like minds to the lyrical, quizzical and visceral aspects of the [Shostakovich] sonata’s trajectory...Individual episodes in the Britten are sharply focused in character but integrated into a broad, organic structure...This is highly cultured playing, rich in enjoyment.”
“Walton and Grimwood consistently bring out the echoes of Soviet music that Britten no doubt intended as a tribute to his dedicatee...The natural warmth of Walton's playing, matching that of Rostropovich himself, is finely enhanced by the crispness and fresh focus of Grimwood's accompaniments. Clear, well-balanced recording helps to make this a first-rate issue.”
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