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Brahms: Cello Sonatas; Dvorak, Suk / Isserlis, Hough

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
>Dvorak, Antonin : Silent Woods (Klid), for piano, 4 hands (From the Bohemian Forest), B. 133/5 (Op. 68/5)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94
>Suk, Josef : Ballade for cello & piano in D minor, Op. 3/1
>Suk, Josef : Serenade for cello & piano in A major, Op. 3/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99
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Notes & Reviews:

Twenty-one years ago, the young Steven Isserlis, for his debut recording, made a disc of the Brahms cello sonatas which received superb reviews and became one of Hyperions early best-sellers. Now regarded as one of the great cellists of our time, Isserlis has revisited these works - this time in partnership with his equally high-profile colleague Stephen Hough - to give us his latest thoughts on these masterpieces. [Isserliss] current recording with Hough displaces all others: at last two musicians have taken this work and delivered a spontaneous stream of musical dialectic that makes perfect sense. BBC Music Magazine

'there is no doubting the sweep and passion, or the tenderness and intimacy, of their performance. These two outstanding musicians give an equally fine account of the earlier E minor sonata. In both works, and in some pleasing miniatures by Dvorak and Suk, they interact with the combined sensitivity and freedom of true chamber-music players' (The Sunday Times)

'[Isserlis's] current recording with Hough displaces all others: at last two musicians have taken this work and delivered a spontaneous stream of musical dialectic that makes perfect sense' (BBC Music Magazine)

'an evocative performance by Isserlis and his partner Stephen Hough, which marries effusive warmth and inward eloquence' (Evening Standard)

'deeply considered, immensely satisfying accounts. Isserlis and Hough make a formidable team and I look forward to more duo sonatas' (Gramophone)

'You won't find a finer or more intelligent partnership than Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough to play these mainstays of the cello repertory, nor perhaps a more imaginative or generous supporting programme. This is Brahms at its best' (The Strad)

'Isserlis and Hough are perfectly matched here, offering poetic, tender and generous spirited music-making. Both have a distinctive luminescence of tone, enabling them to place emphasis on beauty, intimacy and phrasing that really speaks' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Mr Isserlis molds his sound with a heartbreaking delicacy. You've never heard a cellist dare to take the lyrical opening of the first sonata so quietly, or inflect it so subtly. This player can also cut loose and raise the roof when it's needed. You can't pussyfoot through a movement in Brahms, and Mr Isserlis doesn't try' (Dallas News)

'One of the most happily balanced chamber music discs I have auditioned in some time, this partnership between Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough, provides some thoroughly idiomatic Brahms sonatas, played with alternate tenderness and fury, as each piece requires. Hough's piano part proves as ravishing as Isserlis' commanding cello; and in a medium in which competition abounds ... that is saying something. The Adagio affetuoso of the F Major Sonata may warrant your attentions at repeated hearings...this disc, while not specifically designated SACD, packs a resonance and liquid punch competitive with the finest sound imaging. Ravishing playing from the first notes, these collaborations testify to a meeting of kindred spirits on all levels. The liner notes by Isserlis capture the tenor of the pieces with a propriety bordering on veneration' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
In 1984 Steven Isserlis made excellent recordings for Hyperion of the Brahms sonatas with Peter Evans; this time he's added some substantial extra items - the two Suk pieces, wonderfully played, are particularly welcome. The new recording is fuller in sound and more realistic; Stephen Hough's commanding playing of Brahms's 'big' piano parts could, one feels, overpower the cello but, thanks to his sensitivity, this never happens.

In the sonatas, the timings are in nearly every case slightly shorter, due not to any very different tempi but because the music now flows more easily, with less sense of effort. Some listeners may miss the intensity of Evans's involvement with the music but the new versions have a wonderful sense of line, and Hough's more detached approach comes with vivid characterisation - seen in the sinister colours of No 2's Allegro passionato, for example, or the limpid, elegant playing of No 1's Allegrettoquasi menuetto.

Only in one place, the finale of No 2, is there the feeling that Hough's fluency creates a problem: repeating the opening theme, he pushes on in a way that detracts from the sunny, contented atmosphere at the start. These are deeply considered, immensely satisfying accounts. Isserlis and Hough make a formidable team.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
  • Performers: Stephen Hough (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: St. George's; Brandon Hill; Bristol (05/02/2005-05/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1865

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Silent Woods (Klid), for piano, 4 hands (From the Bohemian Forest), B. 133/5 (Op. 68/5)
  • Performers: Stephen Hough (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: St. George's; Brandon Hill; Bristol (05/02/2005-05/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94
  • Performers: Stephen Hough (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: St. George's; Brandon Hill; Bristol (05/02/2005-05/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Suk, Josef : Ballade for cello & piano in D minor, Op. 3/1
  • Performers: Stephen Hough (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: St. George's; Brandon Hill; Bristol (05/02/2005-05/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Suk, Josef : Serenade for cello & piano in A major, Op. 3/2
  • Performers: Stephen Hough (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: St. George's; Brandon Hill; Bristol (05/02/2005-05/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99
  • Performers: Stephen Hough (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: St. George's; Brandon Hill; Bristol (05/02/2005-05/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886