Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas (with works by Prokofiev)

 
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DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH / DMITRY KABALEVSKY
Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas (with works by Prokofiev)
Steven Isserlis (cello), Olli Mustonen (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 February 2019

Belying its young composer's reputation as the enfant terrible of early Soviet music, 'the most popular cello sonata of the twentieth century'-Steven Isserlis's verdict on the Shostakovich-takes its place alongside two other Russian masterpieces, from pre-Revolutionary Prokofiev to Kabalevsky in the Khrushchev era.

"Isserlis and Mustonen make a strong case for [the Kabalevsky] in a performance of grand gestures that proves a real roller coaster ride. Isserlis's intensity and Mustonen's pianistic weight suit the piece wonderfully well...The Shostakovich Sonata, in contrast, seems spacious and ruminative, particularly when placed beside Rostropovich's performances with Britten at Aldeburgh...The shorter pieces are also superbly done." Gramophone Editor's Choice February 2019

Tracks:

Cello Sonata in D minor Op 40 [27'21]
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Ballade in C major Op 15 [10'53]
Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Cello Sonata in B flat major Op 71 [21'54]
Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)

Moderato [2'31]
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Adagio 'Cinderella and the Prince' Op 97bis [3'52]
Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Rondo in memory of Prokofiev Op 79 [9'57]
Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)

Isserlis & Mustonen: Shostakovich:, Cello Sonata op. 40 III-IV