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Rachmaninoff, Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas / Cooke, Watkins

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in B flat major, Op. 71
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Monumental Russians
Despite a rather bright and oddly recorded piano, this has to rank amongst the best Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata recordings - the striking romanticism and dramatic intensity reminiscent of the days of Piatagorsky and other greats from a bygone age. It is certainly a cut above the usual "rush to catch a train" versions we have become so accustomed to hearing, with the last movement providing perhaps the most telling and glorious version I have yet heard. The Kabalevsky Sonata receives a stellar reading here, with Cooke's amazing virtuosity on display and Watkins providing a marvelous wealth of piano power and brilliance. This is perhaps the very best version available from an admittedly scant number of offerings. My 4 star rating reflects the recorded sound.
Submitted on 04/20/10 by Peter Ripley 
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>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19
  • Performers: Antony Cooke (Cello); Armin Watkins (Piano)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in B flat major, Op. 71
  • Performers: Antony Cooke (Cello); Armin Watkins (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968
  • Studio/Live: Studio