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Rachmaninov, Franck: Cello Sonatas / Isserlis, Hough

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Pieces (2) for cello & piano, Op. 2
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19
>Franck, César : Le sylphe, M 73
>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
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Notes & Reviews:

These performances are distinguished by the inspired combination of the renowned energy and panache of Isserlis with the fastidious translucency of Hough's playing, in music often dispatched with more gush than gusto. Isserlis also provides program notes written very much in his own style. The disc is completed by what in the context may seem miniatures but which amply show how these great composers had a language of intimacy as much as expansiveness.

'Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough give a serene and eloquent performance' (Gramophone)

'an unalloyed joy... The joy they take in each other's playing is infectious, and if this doesn't win a few more awards I'll eat my CD player' (Mail on Sunday)

'The lightness of touch gives the music time to breathe without any unnecessary lingering, and the clarity of balance - and Hough's fine control of texture - ensures the communication of a wealth of detail that's often lost' (Irish Times)

'Steven Isserlis gives a deeply felt and warmly affectionate reading, abetted by Stephen Hough's sensitive pianism' (ClassicsToday.com)

'These sonatas...demand equally matched virtuosi who are also sensitive chamber musicians. Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough are ideal for both roles' (Nineteenth-century Music Review)



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Pieces (2) for cello & piano, Op. 2
  • Performers: Stephen Hough (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/23/2002-08/25/2002)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19
  • Performers: Stephen Hough (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/23/2002-08/25/2002)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Franck, César : Le sylphe, M 73
  • Performers: Rebecca Evans (Soprano); Stephen Hough (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/23/2002-08/25/2002)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
  • Performers: Stephen Hough (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/23/2002-08/25/2002)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
  • Performers: Rebecca Evans (Soprano); Stephen Hough (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/23/2002-08/25/2002)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872