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Jamie Walton & Daniel Grimwood / Shostakovich, Britten & Prokofiev

Audio Samples

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
>Britten, Benjamin : Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 65
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
>Britten, Benjamin : Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 65
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119
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Notes & Reviews:

Jamie Walton and Daniel Grimwood continue their performance partnership with this recording of sonatas for cello and piano by Shostakovich, Britten and Prokofiev. Both Walton and Grimwood are accomplished performers who regularly work together both on disc and in concert, as well as 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.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
In terms of sound, I wish there were more resonance in the bass of the piano. Otherwise, this is a recording of clarity and fine balance between instruments. Walton is remarkable for his rhythmic accuracy as well as his sound and variety of articulation. Both players lay into the wilder pieces - the Shostakovich Scherzo, many parts of the Britten, and the end of the Prokofieff - with fire. There is a fearless approach to playing fast that fits the mood of all three pieces when carried out with the virtuosity and passion that these players bring to their work. They manage to express the depths of emotion and the details of material and sound that make all three of these sonatas masterpieces of the genre. I am happy to recommend this unreservedly.

The Telegraph, 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.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2012
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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Leys, Monmouthshire, Wales (02/16/2011-02/18/2011).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
  • Performers: Daniel Grimwood (Piano); Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouthshire, Wales (02/16/2011-02/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Britten, Benjamin : Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 65
  • Performers: Daniel Grimwood (Piano); Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouthshire, Wales (02/16/2011-02/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119
  • Performers: Daniel Grimwood (Piano); Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouthshire, Wales (02/16/2011-02/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1949