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Alexander Rudin, Cello: Sonatas by Valentini, Bach, Beethoven, Klengel & Myaskovsky

Album Summary

>Valentini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 10 in E major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 2 in D major, BWV 1028
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46
>Klengel, Julius : Scherzo in D minor, for solo cello, Op.6
>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Sonata for cello & piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12
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Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents a solo album of one of the leading Rusuan cellists of today Alexander Rudin. Professor of the Moscow Conservatory, Alexander Rudin is among the best known performers, conductors and educationists of Europe. What makes the featured recordings particularly attractive is that they were made at the initial stage of the cellist's performing career in 1978 to 1983. A student of the Gnessins Music Teachers Institute at the time, Rudin was a prize winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, the Bach Competition in Leipzig and the Cassado Competition in Florence and drew attention of professional critics and wide audience. Even then the cellist's performing style was notable for the scope and diversity of repertoire - the album includes works by Giovanni Valentini, J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Nikolai Myaskovsky and Julius Klengel. The piano part is performed by Lidiya Yevgrafova and Viktor Ginzburg.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Here we have a Russian reprint of recordings by a fine cellist from the past. These recordings were made in 1978 and 1983. Rudin is a typical Russian of his time. The early works, the sonata by Giuseppe Valentini and the Bach viola da gamba sonata, were written in the early 1700s. Today we are accustomed to hearing this music played with little or no vibrato and with a harpsichord. Here they are played with piano and in a soulful romantic style that I associate with Rostropovich and Casals. Rudin is a virtuoso who takes the last movement of the Bach in a very fast tempo. This is a good recording of some very pleasant performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1978; 1983.



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Works Details

>Valentini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 10 in E major
  • Performers: Lidiya Evgrafova (Piano); Alexander Rudin (Cello)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 2 in D major, BWV 1028
  • Performers: Lidiya Evgrafova (Piano); Alexander Rudin (Cello)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46
  • Performers: Lidiya Evgrafova (Piano); Alexander Rudin (Cello)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Klengel, Julius : Scherzo in D minor, for solo cello, Op.6
  • Performers: Lidiya Evgrafova (Piano); Alexander Rudin (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884-1885

>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Sonata for cello & piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12
  • Performers: Victor Ginzburg (Piano); Alexander Rudin (Cello)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911