[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 20 May 2015
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Grieg's sole Cello Sonata has long been a favourite of performers and audiences, if not of musical theorists, and here receives an impassioned vote of confidence from Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough at the head of a programme which takes the listener forwards in time to Hough's own Sonata for cello and piano left hand and back to Mendelssohn's ever-popular Cello Sonata No 2. A spirit of passionate romanticism unifies the whole.
"everywhere their reading [of the Grieg] glints with conviction...Isserlis is matchless in the way he tugs at the simple melody to heart-rending effect...[The Hough is] unafraid to breathe an air of nostalgia...but the results are refreshingly personal...The performance couldn't be more persuasive and the two players are beautifully recorded." (Editor's Choice Gramophone July 2015)
"If any reminder were needed that Steven Isserlis is at the top of his game, this is it...Their opening Allegro agitato is a thrilling tour de force, Isserlis sinewy and febrile, Hough's sound lucid and full-bodied with an ideal recorded balance." Five Stars BBC Music
"Isserlis supplies the rush of emotion to Stephen Hough's accompaniment." (Financial Times)
Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36
Sonata for cello and piano left hand 'Les adieux'
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58