Britten: Sonata in C for Cello and Piano / Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston / Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano - Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten

The cello has always been held in high esteem for its warm, noble timbre and range of expression. So it is no wonder that numerous solo pieces have been written for the instrument. In this recording, the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, together with the great Benjamin Britten at the piano, have left the accustomed pathway to perform three less well-known – but nevertheless excellent – works from the 19th and 20th century.
Robert Schumann’s Fünf Stücke im Volkston allows the cellist to bring out the whole beauty of his instrument. Well-paced tempi, a crystal-clear tone, and an exquisitely precise piano part emphasize the unique character of this music – a work which points the way towards modern times.
The mysterious tonal and harmonic world of the Impressionists is evoked by Debussy’s Sonata for Piano and Cello. Written in the aftermath of the First World War, it reflects human tragedy and a feeling of oppression and anxiety.
Britten’s Cello Sonata was tailormade for Rostropovich and dedicated to the great cellist. The two musicians, both of them technical perfectionists, provide an inspired performance – beginning with the thrilling dialogue of the very first bars, via a lyrical elegy, right up to the gripping Finale in 6/8 time. To sum it up: top marks for music, tonal quality and choice of repertoire.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.


  Sonaten In C For Cello And Piano Op.65  
A1.1 Dialogo  
A1.2 Scherzo-Pizzicato  
A1.3 Elegia  
A1.4 Marcia  
A1.5 Moto Perpetuo  
  Funf Stucke Im Volkston  
A2 No.1 With Humor  
A3 No. 2 Slow  
B1 No. 3 Not Fast  
B2 No. 4 Not Too Fast  
B3 No. 5 Strong And Marked  
  Sonata For Cello And Piano  
B4.1 Prologue  
B4.2 Sérénade  
B4.3 Finale


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