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Benjamin Britten / Sergey Prokofiev / Dmitry Shostakovich

Pieter Wispelwey / Dejan Lazić

Sonatas for Cello and Piano

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  • Type SACD
  • Label Channel Classics
  • UPC 0723385200031
  • Catalog number CCS 20003
  • Release date 07 May 2003

About the album

The Wolf, the Rolls Royce and the Unicorn To each of us cellists these works belong to the great gifts of the twentieth century. Pieces to get one's teeth into, to live in, bulging with character and individuality. Dramatic and meaningful music with plenty of suspense and theatrics. Inevitably they differ considerably, as far as style, cast of characters and the situations those characters have to face are concerned. After all we are dealing with three unique artists and with compositions written over a period of almost three decades. The Shostakovich sonata feels like a kafkasque story, whereas the Prokofjev has characteristics of a grotesque fable and Britten of a magic-realistic allegory. Each pair nonetheless shows similarities. The sonatas of Shostakovich and Prokofjev have in common a combination of an almost conventional, tasty, juicy cello part with a remarkably unruly and drier piano part, the Prokofjev and Britten sonatas are written for Rostropovich and therefore truly for the concert stage and finally the Britten and Shostakovich both have the qualities of a self portrait, much more than the Prokofjev sonata that almost seems to be a portrait of Rostropovich.....

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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40 I. Allegro Non Troppo
    Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
     
    11:20
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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40 I. Allegro
    Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
     
    03:04
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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40 III. Largo
    Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
     
    08:24
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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40 IV. Allegro
    Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
     
    04:14
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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 119 I. Andante Grave
    Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
     
    10:35
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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 119 II. Moderato
    Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
     
    05:00
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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 119 III. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
    Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
     
    08:21
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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 65 I. Dialogo (Allegro)
    Composer: Benjamin Britten
     
    05:56
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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 65 II. Scherzo-pizzicato (Allegretto)
    Composer: Benjamin Britten
     
    02:26
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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 65 III. Elegia (Lento)
    Composer: Benjamin Britten
     
    05:26
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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 65 IV. Marcia (Energico)
    Composer: Benjamin Britten
     
    02:16
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    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 65 V. Moto Perpetuo (Presto)
    Composer: Benjamin Britten
     
    02:31

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