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Bridge, Barber, Rachmaninoff: Sonatas for Cello & Piano / Dmitri Atapine, cello; Hyeyeon Park, piano

Album Summary

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125
>Barber, Samuel : Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following up their critically acclaimed premiere recording of Lowell Liebermann's complete cello works, cellist Dmitri Atapine and pianist Hyeyeon Park present their new CD of Cello Sonatas by Bridge, Barber, and Rachmaninoff. "Here are three composers, three cultures, and three distinct circumstances surrounding the composition of each of the works presented on this recording. Sergei Rachmaninoff's unchecked Russian expressivity infused with personal struggle. Frank Bridge's solemn English lyricism, which remains affected by the airs of World War I. Samuel Barber's adventurous pride and grandeur, which still contain shadows of America's Great Depression. Yet the three works share a certain semblance. They all are products of what we can call the "Romantic undercurrent" - a world unswayed by the shudders of innovation zipping through the hearts and minds of many a composer of the time - and yet imbued with a sense of immediate need for communication, opening the composers' hearts to the listener."

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
It is the culmination of the Blue Griffin program that begins with Frank Bridge's mysterious and searching sonata followed by the also adventurous and memorable Barber. Atapine and Park play these works with sensitivity. The players work beautifully together and lead us through the forest to Rachmaninoff, who stands in the sunlight with a grand countryside about him.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Atapine and Park also appear youthful and are also talented. They give us important works that postdate Rachmaninoff's sonata. Frank Bridge (1879-1941) was Benjamin Britten's teacher. His music, like Samuel Barber's, has a romantic flavor that fits well with Rachmaninoff. Barber's sonata dates from 1932 but is in the same strongly constructed and even more memorably melodic idiom.

Atapine and Park play with a less violent attitude than Capps and Primakov. They play with notable control and a fine relationship to each other and the music. They can be highly emotional - the final climax in the Bridge sonata is played with grandeur. Also, their love of clarity and balance makes their performances easier to concentrate on since the more detail one can hear the more you want to follow it. Furthermore, their recording gives more depth to the piano sound than on the LP Classics CD.

If you want to know about the competition, look at the Cello Overview (March/April 2009). There is plenty, though both of these releases are excellent in their way.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (09/12/2013-09/13/2013).



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Works Details

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125
  • Performers: Dmitri Atapine (Cello); Adela Park (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (09/12/2013-09/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913-1917

>Barber, Samuel : Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
  • Performers: Dmitri Atapine (Cello); Adela Park (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (09/12/2013-09/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19
  • Performers: Dmitri Atapine (Cello); Adela Park (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (09/12/2013-09/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901