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Cello Sonatas by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), Sergei Prokofiev (1891- 1953) and Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987) / Karen Buranskas, cello; John Blacklow, piano

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 119
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Sonata for cello & piano in B flat major, Op. 71
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Notes & Reviews:

Karen Buranskas, professor of cello at the University of Notre Dame, does an incredible job presenting these concertos on this recording, performing them with the appropriate combination of delicacy and passion. One of Dmitri Shostakovich's earlier works, his Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor Op. 40 was written in 1934 during an emotionally tumultuous period in his life. Shortly after its premiere, his music was denounced by the Soviet Union. In 1948, much like Shostakovich, Sergei Prokovief's music was accused of formalism and much of his music was banned. When he penned his Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119, he did not know if it would ever be performed in public. Dmitry Kabalevsky studied under Nikolay Myaskovsky, another prolific Russian composer, at the Moscow Conservatoire. His Cello Sonata stands amongst his greatest post-war successes.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Each of these three eminent Soviet-era Russian composers wrote one cello sonata. Add the Vainberg and Boris Tchaikovsky examples and you'd have the most notable Russian works in the genre. There are, as you'd expect, many outstanding recordings of these sonatas. She's ably assisted by pianist John Blacklow, and their partnership is well conveyed in Centaur's excellent sonics. Any chamber-music lover who lacks any or all of these sonatas - each ample in size, ideas, and emotion - should investigate them.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Leighton Hall at the DeBarttolo Performing Arts Center, (02/18/2009); Zipper Hall, the Coburn School, Los Angeles, California (02/18/2009); Leighton Hall at the DeBarttolo Performing Arts Center, (09/06/2007/09/07/2007); Zipper Hall, the Coburn School, Los Angeles, California (09/06/2007/09/07/2007).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
  • Performers: John Blacklow (Piano); Karen Buranskas (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1934.
  • Running Time: 24 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 119
  • Performers: John Blacklow (Piano); Karen Buranskas (Cello)
  • Notes: Zipper Hall, the Coburn School, Los Angeles, California (09/06/2007/09/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Sonata for cello & piano in B flat major, Op. 71
  • Performers: John Blacklow (Piano); Karen Buranskas (Cello)
  • Notes: Zipper Hall, the Coburn School, Los Angeles, California (09/06/2007/09/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962