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Cello Sonatas: Bridge, Bax, Britten / Johannes Moser

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>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125
>Britten, Benjamin : Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 65
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Legend-Sonata, for cello & piano in F sharp minor

Album Summary

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125
>Britten, Benjamin : Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 65
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Legend-Sonata, for cello & piano in F sharp minor
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Notes & Reviews:

The young German cellist Johannes Moser, now an international music celebrity, has built his reputation, in part on his exquisite performances of surprising chamber music repertoire. He continues in this vein with a selection of English works for cello and piano. With a large, full, richly modulated tone Johannes Moser's cello perfectly fits these British works, and together with duo partner Paul Rivinius, both cellist and pianist are in their element.

BBC Music Magazine
[Moser] brings out an armoury of colours and articulation [in the Bridge], along with a fine sense of architecture which places this performance with the very best...Rivinius, too, brings a rare energy to all three sonatas, together with great sensitivity. Theirs is a probing performance of the Britten, highlighting its debt to Shostakovich and Prokofiev...Two exciting talents who deserve a serious international profile.

Classic FM Magazine
Moser plays with a full, dark tone that fits the Romantic flow of the Bridge Sonata well, and he and Paul Rivinius capture its brooding intensity and lyrical flights...They are responsive to the rapidly changing moods and quirky, sometimes humorous, sometimes savage interjections of Britten's five-movement work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (01/12/2009-01/15/2009).



Reviews

Sweeping Sounds
This recording consists of three pieces for Cello and Piano – Frank Bridge’s Sonata in d-Minor, H125, Benjamin Britten’s Sonata in C, Op. 65, and Arnold Bax’s Legend-Sonata. The cello, played by Johannes Moser, is extremely evocative and grabs the listener from the get-go in the Bridge Sonata. The piano, played by Paul Rivinius, provides wonderful emotional accompaniment, giving us gentle melodies that glide up and down the keyboard, while at the same time providing a solid musical basis for the conversation taking place between the two. The piece as a whole is somewhat suggestive of Maurice Ravel’s chamber pieces, with similar ebbs and flows and a comprehensive sense of the two instruments (i.e. characters) belonging together at that particular point in time. The Benjamin Britten Sonata is a journey, ranging from playful to stark and agitated, although in typical Britten style and therefore perhaps off-putting to the listener not expecting such clustered phrases. The Elegio Lento movement is, however, a somber thing of beauty and a real feast for this listener’s ears. Finally, Arnold Bax’s Legend-Sonata is a piece that certainly contains tension between the two instruments in the very first movement (Allegro risoluto), but this tension is very humanly resolved between the two near the end of the movement in a soundscape of acceptance. The second movement (Lento espressivo) is played with a warm and understanding feel, both supporting each other as they go through their respective emotional states, each feeling a part of the other as the music swirls between the two. The last movement (Rondo allegro) provides a fitting and satisfying close to the piece, conveying a sense of continuing life journey in an impressionistic Debussy-like way. This is a disc with a well thought-out program. Most enjoyable.
Submitted on 10/21/10 by KlingonOpera 
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>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125
  • Performers: Paul Rivinius (Piano); Johannes Moser (Cello)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (01/12/2009-01/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913-1917

>Britten, Benjamin : Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 65
  • Performers: Johannes Moser (Cello); Paul Rivinius (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (01/12/2009-01/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Legend-Sonata, for cello & piano in F sharp minor
  • Performers: Paul Rivinius (Piano); Johannes Moser (Cello)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (01/12/2009-01/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943