[ Hyperion / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 1 February 2013
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A major release at the start of Britten's anniversary celebrations. Alban Gerhardt, among the greatest living exponents of the instrument, performs this body of works in its entirety.
GRAMOPHONE AWARD FINALIST 2013: Concerto
"This is the fastest version of Britten's Cello Symphony on record. From the opening chords there's a brisk vigour to Alban Gerhardt's approach that marks it out as distinctive. He seems hell-bent on grasping this sometimes awkward and ungainly beast by the scruff of its neck and finding something new in its gruff exchanges...Last but not least his reading of Britten's Sonata with Steven Osborne is utterly thrilling. A must-have set for all Britten enthusiasts." (BBC Music)
"[Gerhardt] has a cool-headed precision Britten would probably have admired...Given Gerhardt's fine Britten credentials, this makes a recommendable package: performances are well judged, with clean-cut rhythms and good attention to detail." (Gramophone)
Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze
Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 65
with Steven Osborne (piano)
Suite No. 1 for cello solo, Op. 72
Suite No. 2 for cello solo, Op. 80
Suite No. 3 for cello solo, Op. 87