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Britten: Complete Music For Cello Solo And Cello & Piano / Ivashkin, Zolinsky

Britten / Ivashkin / Zolinsky
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94729   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander IvashkinAndrew Zolinsky
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Your music is truly among the most outstanding work of the twentieth century. And for me it is a source of great and strong impressions. Write as much as you can." (Shostakovich to Britten, 1963)

This set represents the first-ever complete collection of Benjamin Britten's music for unaccompanied cello and cello with piano. Many of these works were composed for the legendary Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Britten and Rostropovich were close friends and regularly gave recitals together in both Britain and Russia. It is perhaps because of this connection with Rostropovich that Britten's cello works in particular demonstrate his enduring affinity with Russian culture, leading such a renowned composer as
Read more Shostakovich to repeatedly express his admiration for Britten's music.

Britten's much-loved Suites for solo cello are an ideal vehicle for dramatic displays of virtuosity by the cellist -- particularly in the First Suite -- but also have beautifully expressive moments, such as the Second Suite's lyrical fourth movement. The Russian influence in the Suites is evident through Britten's use of Shostakovich's famous D--S--C--H monogram, and allusions -- albeit enigmatic and subtle ones -- to Russian folk melodies in the Third Suite. This collection also includes the C major Cello Sonata -- which, like the Suites, takes much of its inspiration from historical forms, the world premiere recording of the previously unpublished A major Sonata, a charming work that was written when the composer was just 13 years old and is influenced by Schubert, and the intriguing Tema 'Sacher', written just a few months before Britten's death to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Swiss conductor Paul Sacher and commissioned and premiered by Rostropovich.

Alexander Ivashkin has been described as a "prodigious cellist" by Rostropovich himself, and praised by The Daily Telegraph for combining "breadth of knowledge with a driving energy". He is accompanied in Britten's Cello Sonatas by virtuoso pianist Andrew Zolinsky.

Other information:
- World premiere recording of the A major Sonata uses a critical edition prepared by Ivashkin and Zolinsky following meticulous research and collaboration with the Britten-Pears Foundation.
- In the last month of the Centenary celebrations Brilliant Classics presents a tribute to Benjamin Britten, one of the leading 20th century British composers.
- Britten's friendship with the great Russian cellist Mstslav Rostropovich inspired him to write these masterpieces for the cello: the three suites for cello solo, a 20th century tribute to Bach's solo suites, and the sonata for cello and piano, a dark, dramatic work, brimming with passion and vitality.
- Includes scholarly booklet notes by Alexander Ivashkin, and artist biographies. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin (Cello), Andrew Zolinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926 
2. Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 65 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
3. Tema Sacher for Cello solo by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; England 
4. Suite for Cello solo no 3, Op. 87 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; England 
5. Suite for Cello solo no 2, Op. 80 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
6. Suite for Cello solo no 1, Op. 72 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; England 

Sound Samples

Cello Sonata in A Major: I. Allegro molto
Cello Sonata in A Major: II. Andante ma poco presto
Cello Sonata in A Major: III. Presto
Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 65: I. Dialogo
Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 65: II. Scherzo-pizzicato
Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 65: III. Elegia
Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 65: IV. Marcia
Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 65: V. Moto Perpetuo
Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: Canto primo: Sostenuto e largamente
Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: I. Fuga: Andante moderato
Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: II. Lamento: Lento rubato
Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: Canto secondo: Sostenuto
Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: III. Serenata: Allegretto: pizzicato
Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: IV. Marcia: Alla marcia moderato
Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: Canto terzo: Sostenuto
Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: V. Bordone: Moderato quasi recitativo
Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: VI. Moto perpetuo e Canto quarto: Presto
Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80: I. Declamato: Largo
Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80: II. Fuga: Andante
Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80: IV. Andante lento
Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80: V. Ciaccona: Allegro
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: I. Introduzione: Lento
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: II. Marcia: Allegro
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: III. Canto: Con moto
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: IV. Barcarola: Lento
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: V. Dialogo: Allegretto
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: VI. Fuga: Andante espressivo
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: VII. Recitativo: Fantastico
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: VIII. Moto perpetuo: Presto
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: IX. Passacaglia: Lento solenne
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: IX. Mournful Song (Under the Little Apple Tree)
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: IX. Autumn
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: IX. Street Song (The Grey Eagle)
Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: IX. Grant repose together with the saints (Kontakion): Lento
Tema Sacher

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