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Brahms: Cello Sonatas / Isserlis, Hough

Audio Samples

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
>Dvorak, Antonin : Silent Woods (Klid), for cello & piano (arr. from From the Bohemian Forest, B. 133), B. 173 (Op. 68/
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for cello & piano in G minor, B. 171 (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

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
>Dvorak, Antonin : Silent Woods (Klid), for cello & piano (arr. from From the Bohemian Forest, B. 133), B. 173 (Op. 68/
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for cello & piano in G minor, B. 171 (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:

In celebration of their thirtieth birthday, Hyperion is re-issuing thirty landmark titles from the back catalogue at mid-price. These discs include benchmark recordings of great music performed by some of the finest artists who have worked with the label over the last thirty years. Many of the discs are Gramophone Award winners and Records of the Year and all have received the highest possible critical and public acclaim. These specially packaged releases will be available alongside their full-price counterparts until stocks are depleted.

'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)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol (05/02/2005-05/04/2005).



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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 cello & piano (arr. from From the Bohemian Forest, B. 133), B. 173 (Op. 68/
  • 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
  • Written: 12/28/1891

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Rondo for cello & piano in G minor, B. 171 (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
  • Written: 12/06/1891

>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