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Brahms: The Cello Sonatas / Rostropovich, Serkin

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Our younger generation of cello soloists seems to favour a tone production which balances a refined upper range with a middle and lower register that's strong and well focused, rather than expansively rich and resonant. Readers will not need to be told that Rostropovich's solo image is definitely not of this ilk: his musical personality is in every sense larger than life and in this magnificent coupling of the cello sonatas, in partnership with Rudolf Serkin, the very forward balance of the recording exaggerates this impression in the most vivid way. By comparison the piano image - to the right of and behind the cello - is more reticent in timbre and seldom matches Rostropovich's rich flood of sound, which isn't, of course, to suggest that Serkin fails to project the music, merely that the microphone placing makes Rostropovich very much the dominating artist. This passionately warmhearted and ripely Brahmsian music-making almost overwhelms the listener in its sheer impact. But with playing of this calibre, with both artists wonderfully attuned to each other's responses, every nuance tells and Brahms's bold melodic lines soar out from the speakers to capture the imagination, and provide an enthralling musical experience in each and every work.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1865

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886