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The Originals - Cello Sonatas / Rostropovich, Britten

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
>Schumann, Robert : Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Cello and Piano
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Notes & Reviews:

"As long as there's an England, these performances of Schubert's 'Arpeggione' Sonata, Schumann's Fünf Stücke im Volkston and Debussy's Cello Sonata will always be available. Played by the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and the English sometimes pianist and full-time great composer Benjamin Britten, these performances from 1961 and 1968 showcase the latter's uniquely English ability to play with, play around, play over, play under and play through a soloist... Together and separately, Rostropovich and Britten turn in performances that stand with -- but slightly apart from -- the best ever made. Recorded in rich, warm and detailed stereo by Decca, this disc should be heard by anyone who loves the performers or the repertoire." -All Music

Gramophone Magazine
On every count this is a triumphant record ... it offers us Rostropovich's own superb playing ... admirably partnered by Britten (who shows himself an outstanding chamber music pianist by any standards)... a splendid performance of the Debussy Sonata ... technically too, the recording is impeccable ... The Schumann - a slight work which, in other hands, can be rather humdrum - gives us the opportunity of admiring the cellist's ravishing cantabile and his finesse of rubato and of tonal gradation... the Debussy is notable for its sensitivity, fluidity and fantasy, and for the remarkable rapport which evidently exists between these two artists: the finale in particular drew forth a spontaneous cry of "Bravo!" from me... "supremely beautiful playing from both cellist and pianist, with never a dead note in even the most incidental bit of figuration [Schubert] ... the engineering is superb: the sound is glorious, and so true to life that if you shut your eyes you can imagine the players in your own room.



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>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
  • Performers: Benjamin Britten (Piano); Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1824

>Schumann, Robert : Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
  • Performers: Benjamin Britten (Piano); Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Britten (Piano); Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915