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Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata Op. 19; Elégi, Op. 3/1; Vocalise, Op. 34/14; Romance, Op. 4/3 'In the silence of the secret night' / Harriet Krijgh, cello; Magda Amara, piano

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Morceaux de fantaisie Op. 3
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : In the silence of the secret night, song for voice & piano, Op. 4/3
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The cellist Harriet Krijgh and pianist Magda Amara present a program of Rachmaninov pieces that sensitively reflect and capture his genius with this release. Along with well known Rachmaninov repertoire, the CD also includes Sonata for cello and piano op.19 which evolved after a lengthy period of depression and compositional despair catalyzed by the critical failure of his Symphony Nr. 1 and requiring therapeutic treatments to end. Some have said that after emerging from this creative black hole, Rachmaninov's humility and compassion produced works that were richer than was the case previously. This release makes a convincing argument that this was indeed the case.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Harriet Krigh is a young lady in her mid-20s from the Netherlands. She has made several cello recordings for Capriccio and a fine reputation in other respects. Magda Amara is from Moscow and is likewise endowed. These two have made a recording of the Brahms sonatas that was well received. Here they have managed to find enough Rachmaninoff to fill a CD, including an Elegie from his Morceaux de Fantasie, Op. 3:1 and a song, 'In the Silence of the Secret Night', Op. 4:3, both arranged for cello and piano. The famous Vocalise is often played on the cello.

Of course, the major work here is the great and massive Cello Sonata, Op. 19, written just following Piano Concerto 2. Both of these works mark the return to composition for Rachmaninoff. The sonata is a very thoughtful piece, and the two instruments blend and converse with much intensity of emotion. Krigh and Amara express themselves in an unusually effective performance that sounds like a conversation between two lovers. The result is one of the most touching interpretations I have heard. The recorded quality gives them both a rich sound that contributes to the excellent effect. I think any Rachmaninoff lover would take to this reading.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Raiding, Austria, Liszt-Konzerthalle (05/2015).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19
  • Performers: Magda Amara (Piano); Harriet Krijgh (Cello)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Morceaux de fantaisie Op. 3 :: no 1 Élégie
  • Performers: Magda Amara (Piano); Harriet Krijgh (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  • Performers: Magda Amara (Piano); Harriet Krijgh (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : In the silence of the secret night, song for voice & piano, Op. 4/3
  • Performers: Magda Amara (Piano); Harriet Krijgh (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1893