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Rachmininov: Cello Sonata; Vocalise; Shostakovich: Viola Sonata / Leonard Elschenbroich, cello; Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
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Notes & Reviews:

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. On this new release, Elschenbroich teams up with one of his regular chamber music collaborators, pianist Alexei Grynyuk. Together they perform Rachmaninov's passionate Cello Sonata and arrangement of Shostakovich's Viola Sonata made by Daniil Shafran with Shostakovich's blessing. In the sonata, Shostakovich alludes to several of his previous works, from the Suite for two pianos to the opening movement of his Symphony No.14.

The Guardian, 9th May 2013
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.

BBC Music Magazine, August 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.

The Telegraph, 15th 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.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (11/24/2012-11/26/2012).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19
  • Performers: Alexei Grynyuk (Piano); Leonard Elschenbroich (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (11/24/2012-11/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147
  • Performers: Alexei Grynyuk (Piano); Leonard Elschenbroich (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (11/24/2012-11/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performers: Alexei Grynyuk (Piano); Leonard Elschenbroich (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (11/24/2012-11/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic