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SAMUEL BARBER / SERGEI RACHMANINOV
Muse
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano)

[ Decca / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 17 December 2021

Classical music's star duo have performed together all over the world, they present an impassioned programme of Barber & Rachmaninov. This disc includes each composer's Cello Sonata and a selection of beautiful songs transcribed for cello.

The siblings have performed the sonatas in many concert halls, and had prepared this specific programme for a tour when the pandemic hit. Instead they turned to the recording studio to share their music. The result is a celebration of the musical connection they share, having played together for as long as they can remember.

"[In the Adagio of the Barber] Sheku's playing reaches the sort of lofty emotional peak you'd have expected from a du Pré or a Navarra." Gramophone

"Their strong identification with the [Barber] Sonata is immediately evident in this recording. They bring a remarkable unanimity of ensemble to the dialogue and make light work of some rhythmically complex passages. But they also demonstrate a convincing mastery of the Sonata's continually fluctuating tempos and the wide gamut of emotions that encompass its three movements." BBC Music

Tracks:

Barber: Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6
Barber: There's Nae Lark
Barber: A Slumber Song of the Madonna
Barber: With rue my heart is laden, Op. 2 No. 2
Barber: Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3
Rachmaninov: It cannot be! Op. 34 No. 7
Rachmaninov: How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7
Rachmaninov: The Muse, Op. 34 No. 1
Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Barber: Cello Sonata, Op. 6 - II. Adagio - Presto