Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

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Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Cello sonatas

Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Cello sonatas


Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Tchaikovsky:

Romance in F minor, Op. 51 No. 5

Méditation (No. 5 from Morceaux, Op. 72)


Nina Kotova (cello), Fabio Bidini (piano)

Cellist, Nina Kotova, praised by Gramophone magazine as a “strong and individual artist [whose] depth of feeling and technical control are never in doubt,” here partners with pianist Fabio Bidini in two landmark Russian sonatas from the 20th century,

Rachmaninov’s in G minor and Prokofiev’s in C major, and in two smaller pieces by Tchaikovsky.

“There are more extrovert accounts of Rachmaninov’s Sonata...but Kotova plays well, even if she takes a back seat to Bidini’s flamboyant dispatch of the pianist-composers’ piano parts. She’s at her best in the two Tchaikovsky pieces.” Sunday Times, 15th January 2017

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Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Works for Cello and Piano

Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Works for Cello and Piano


Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19


Johannes Moser (cello) & Andrei Korobeinikov (piano)

The achingly beautiful, haunting lyricism of early Rachmaninov and the soaring effusiveness of late Prokofiev are glowingly brought to life by the German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser and the Russian pianist Andrei Korobeinikov in this new release from PENTATONE of richly expressive 20th century cello sonatas and other works.

Composed during troubled periods in the composers’ lives, the cello sonatas are life-affirming works. Rachmaninov’s arresting sonata which he wrote following a nervous breakdown is not unlike his perennially popular Second Piano Concerto: a journey from brooding melancholy to untrammelled joy, with a transcendentally beautiful slow movement. Prokofiev wrote his outstanding sonata while labouring under considerable hardship. It is by turns restrained and movingly lyrical, but the hairraising final movement with its bravura passagework ends the work in a blaze of defiance.

“Both Rachmaninov and Prokofiev are genius musical storytellers,” Moser said in a recent interview. “Both have their own very personal and individual language, but they are at the same time deeply rooted in the epic Russian tradition…When we recorded the album, we were very inspired by images of wide open nature, Russian folklore, as well as the longing and humour that both composers share.” “The Rachmaninov sonata is a piece that I’ve been avoiding for many years,” he added, “because I was waiting for the right partnership. And so to have a champion of Rachmaninov’s music like Andrei … it’s been very exciting for me to go on that journey with him.”

“Johannes Moser and Andrei Korobeinikov bring both muscle and imagination to these two epic Russian sonatas” BBC Music Magazine, March 2017 ****

“[there is] much to applaud. The mock-martial demeanour of the second movement [of the Prokofiev], with its sonorous pizzicatos, is vividly wrought by Moser and Korobeinikov…and they relish the contrast between this and the languorous bowed theme…[their] Rachmaninov Sonata has a keen sense of drama and line that never gets obscured despite the piece’s manifold technical challenges” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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Alisa Weilerstein: Chopin & Rachmaninov

Alisa Weilerstein: Chopin & Rachmaninov


Chopin:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor

arr. Franchomme for cello & piano

Polonaise brillante Op. 3 for cello & piano

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14


Alisa Weilerstein (cello) & Inon Barnatan (piano)

Together with long-term duo partner Inon Barnatan, best-selling Decca cellist Alisa Weilerstein records two of the giants of ‘cello chamber music: the Rachmaninov and Chopin sonatas.

Alisa Weilerstein’s debut on Decca with the Elgar Cello Concerto (conducted by Daniel Barenboim; his first recording of this outstanding work since his earlier recording with the legendary Jacqueline du Pre) was received rapturously by critics worldwide; and her subsequent recording of the Dvorak cello concerto no less well-received.

Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan are two of the world’s leading instrumentalists, and this album clearly shows the benefits of a long-lasting chamber music partnership with two exceptional musicians, captured in their prime.

The Rachmaninov Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano – premiered with the composer himself playing the fiendishly tricky piano part – is Rachmaninov’s last chamber music work. One of the first major pieces to be written after Rachmaninov overcame “writer’s block” with a course of hypnotherapy, this is a piece to be discovered and treasured.

Chopin’s Cello Sonata in G minor is one of the few works Chopin wrote for instruments other than the piano; and the last of his works to be published in his lifetime. Remarkable for its concentration of material, no work of Chopin’s gave him more trouble; “I write a little and cross out a lot”, wrote Chopin. Alisa and Inon bring out a wealth of feeling in this emotional rollercoaster of a piece.

By contrast, Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise Brillante is one of his first published compositions. Full of bravura and verve, it has an undeniable feel for the spirit of the dance and a distinctive theme. Then Chopin’s Etude – essentially a nocturne – brings a dramatic change of character and mood “somber, mysterious dreams” (Heller); “a song of happiness irredeemably lost” (Koczalski).

When Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan perform together, audiences are enthralled, critics enraptured. This disc sets a new benchmark for recordings of these great works, and this exceptional quality of music-making is certain to set the bar for a long time.

“The pair closed with Chopin’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, a work of such fiendish difficulty that even Chopin was convinced that parts of it might be unplayable. Ms. Weilerstein and Mr. Barnatan put that notion to rest with their poise and passion, and they returned amid thunderous applause”

“it's hard to imagine many cellist-pianist duos more mutually fond of risk-taking. They certainly don't hold back in Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata, often pushing it to the brink…what emerges is an interpretation in which no single colour outstays its welcome. The same goes for Chopin's Cello Sonata, whose sense of restlessness suits this duo well” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

“The glorious ebb and flow of melodic material that courses through the veins of the Rachmaninov and Chopin Sonatas seems absolutely tailor-made for a cellist with the flamboyance and intensity of Alisa Weilerstein. In this superbly recorded recital, she delivers one of the most compelling performances of the Rachmaninov I've ever heard...Barnatan brings great musical insight and a marvellous variety of tone to the hugely demanding piano part.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 *****

“Ms. Weilerstein and Mr. Barnatan give rhapsodic and stylish accounts of these impressive works, neither of which turns up that often on recital programs.” San Francisco Chronicle, 5th January 2015

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Shostakovich & Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas

Shostakovich & Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas


Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

arr. L. Rose

Shostakovich:

Viola Sonata, Op. 147

arr. D. Shafran


Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) & Alexei Grynyuk (piano)

The young German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich has rapidly made a name for himself as one of the most exciting and gifted cellists of his generation. Leonard Elschenbroich’s many awards include: the Leonard Bernstein Award, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Eugene Istomin Prize, Pro Europa prize, Landgraf von Hessen price of the Kronberg Academy, Nordmetall Prize of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festiva and the Firmenich Prize of the Verbier Festival.

From 2004–2008 he was supported by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, performing with her on a number of occasions, including a European tour. He is also part of the BBC New Generation Artists programme, and appeared at the 2012 Proms season together with his chamber music partners Nicola Benedetti and Alexei Grynyuk. Together with Benedetti and Grynyuk he embarks on a major chamber music tour of Scotland in March. Rachmaninov’s cello sonata was composed at the same time as the Second Piano Concerto. Although as one would expect from such a great pianist-composer, the piano part is demanding, it never threatens to overwhelm the cello, and the result is a beautifully balanced and passionate work.

Shostakovich’s viola sonata was his last composition, finished on his deathbed. Sketches show that the composer was also considering a second cello sonata for his old friend Rostropovich – then living outside the USSR. The arrangement on this CD for cello was made by Daniil Shafran with the dying composer's blessing. In the Viola Sonata, as in his Fifteenth Symphony, Shostakovich alludes to several of his previous works, from the Suite for two pianos Op.6 to the opening movement (De Profundis) from his Fourteenth Symphony. He also quotes from other composers’ works, Berg’s Violin Concerto and, most obviously, throughout the final Adagio, from the first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, which he uses as the basis for a kind of free meditation.

“a performance of tremendous assurance and power. You could argue that the cello's warmth adds a touch of lyricism that detracts from the sparseness of the original. But there's no mistaking the intensity and commitment that Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk bring to it...Exceptional.” The Guardian, 9th May 2013 *****

“His striking reading of Daniil Shafran’s adaptation announces [Leonard Elschenbroich] a major new talent… This is one of the most articulate and highly characterised accounts I’ve heard on the cello… The Shostakovich reveals Alexei Grynyuk to be a remarkable musician with a commanding sense of architecture” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013

“There is a romantic soul of warmth and virile energy to this interpretation [of the Rachmaninov] that makes it very special indeed...there is an intensely inward, deeply communicative quality to this performance [of the Shostakovich] that draws you right to its tragic, pensive core.” The Telegraph, 15th August 2013 *****

“This is a quite exceptional performance of Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata...you immediately sense that they are going to have something of uncommon interest to impart in their interpretation...In the entirely different realms of late Shostakovich, Elschenbroich and Grynyuk are no less persuasive.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

“Very much a sonata for cello and piano, rather than merely a cello sonata with piano accompaniment, the Op. 19 has a formidably demanding piano part which at the same time must never be allowed to overwhelm the lyrical voice of the cello. Alexei Grynyuk and the young cellist Leonard Elschenbroich strike the perfect balance in this recording.” David Smith, Presto Classical

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Rachmaninov: Music for Cello & Piano

Rachmaninov: Music for Cello & Piano


Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

transc. Anatoli Brandukov

Romance/Ballade Op. 1, No. 5 in A major

Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Tchaikovsky:

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4

transc.Wilhelm Fitzenhagen

Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano)


Marina Tarasova (cello) & Alexander Polezhaev (piano)

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Rachmaninov & Prokofiev - Cello Sonatas

Rachmaninov & Prokofiev - Cello Sonatas


Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19


“Capuçon's elegant, singing tone responds especially well to the Andante, with gentle exchanges between the instruments. Prokofiev's Sonata may seem an unusual coupling but it contrasts nicely, with it’s own latent lyricism and with the cheerful central Moderato that has all the harmonic wit and melodic charm of the composer at his best.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2008

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Debussy and Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas

Debussy and Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas


Debussy:

Cello Sonata

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Pieces (2) for cello & piano (Prelude & Oriental Dance), Op. 2


Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), Yitkin Seow (piano)

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Russian Cello Sonatas

Russian Cello Sonatas


Miaskovsky:

Cello Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12

Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Pieces (2) for cello & piano (Prelude & Oriental Dance), Op. 2

Shostakovich:

Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

Stravinsky:

Suite italienne


Truls Mørk (cello) & Jean-Yves Thibaud & Lars Vogt (piano)

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Rachmaninov: Complete Works For Cello And Piano

Rachmaninov: Complete Works For Cello And Piano


Rachmaninov:

Prelude, Op. 2 No. 1

Oriental Dance, Op. 2 No. 2

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1: Andante cantabile

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Lied (Romance) in F minor

Christ is risen, Op.26 No. 6

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19


Silvia Chiesa (cello), Maurizio Baglini (piano)

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Harriet Krijgh & Magda Amara play Rachmaninov

Harriet Krijgh & Magda Amara play Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3


Harriet Krijgh (cello) & Magda Amara (piano)

"To recordmusic isa very intimate, personal process for which I have utmost respect", begins Harriet Krijgh. "Balance between emotion and self-restraint isan essential theme. Especiallywith such emotionally charged music like that of Sergej Rachmaninov the point is to bring in the correct amount of emotion.” The Sonata for cello and piano op.19 and the 2nd piano concerto op. 18 likewise evolved after a rather epic phase of depression and compositional resignation. After the failure of his first symphonyRachmaninov had fallen into a critical, 3 year-long creative pause, which finally demanded a hypno therapeutic treatment to end it. “With Rachmaninov I sensed an extremely sensitive artist. Such a long creative break must have caused very difficult emotional processes. The works that developed immediately after that time therefore are so much the richer in emotion or atmosphere because of it”, says Harriet Krijgh.

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