Russakovsky, Nicholson – Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas (2014)

Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog Number: 94771
MP3 320 Kbps CBR | 168 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans

1.Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: I. Lento – Allegro moderato
2.Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: II. Allegro scherzando
3.Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: III. Andante
4.Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: IV. Allegro mosso
5.Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Act 2: No. 15, Pas d’action. Andante cantabile (Arr. Albert Kleineke)
6.Pieces for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 20: II. Sérénade Espagnole
7.Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119: I. Andante grave
8.Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119: II. Moderato
9.Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119: III. Allegro ma non troppo

This new recording (recorded in 2012) brings together two great, but altogether different 20th century Cello Sonatas from Russia: the gorgeous and deeply romantic cello sonata by Rachmaninoff, of near‐symphonic proportions, and the cello sonata by Prokofiev, a hybrid piece of his later period, a fascinating mixture of the romantic, the grotesque and the introspective side of the multi-faceted composer.

As interludes we hear arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s ballet music from Sleeping Beauty, and the Sérénade Espagnole by Glazunov, a brilliant show piece.

Beautiful, expressive and “Slavic” performances by Russian cellist Alexander Russakovsky.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Glazunov, Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Alexander Russakovsky, Amber Shay Nicholson

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