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Chopin: Cello Sonata, Etc / Truls Mork, Kathy Stott


Release Date: 09/18/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 85784   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathy StottTruls Otterbech Mork
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Naturalness is all in this refined and splendidly elegant recital.

There are some truly lovely sounds here. The playing is of remarkable eloquence and tonal beauty but it does come at some cost. It’s been very closely miked and one can hear Truls Mørk’s frequent intakes of breath. I mention this at the outset because, for all the luminous pleasures on offer, there are some who will resist the cellist’s gasps and will find the recording set-up too unhelpful in this respect.

For those who can banish such things – not exactly a trifle in this case, but nevertheless relatively unimportant – there are some wonders to hear. Mørk is one of the most admirable of contemporary players, one seemingly
Read more incapable of making ugly sounds. He’s formed a powerful and intensely expressive partnership with Kathryn Stott and in this recording of the Cello Sonata he has superseded his earlier traversal with Andsnes.

Tonal beauty is allied to a finely exercised sense of the sonata’s architecture. It’s a reading of mellifluous fluency and elegance; the moderato indication is rightly stressed in the first movement but there’s nothing rhythmically flaccid or self-regarding about the tonal resources on offer. It’s true that it’s not a performance that radiates the allure of Rostropovich and Argerich on DG 4198602 or the tensile incision of Starker and Sebok [Mercury 434358] but it does possess very considerable independent qualities of its own. High amongst them is expressive generosity – the well-judged second movement rubati for instance – and there is no over-intensity in the B section, something of which some pairings are guilty. The slow movement is notable for its sheer finesse and refinement – dynamics are assured and never self-serving.

The Introduction et Polonaise brillante in C major brings some welcome bite and spruce rhythmic dynamism. Note too Stott’s compelling pianism and the brilliance of her right hand colouration. The remainder of the programme is given over to arrangements. The two musicians have transcribed the Prelude Op.28 No.4 and its beautiful cantabile, with splendid equalized scale, and its hint of melancholia work very well. Mørk and Stott also do the honours with the Nocturne [C sharp minor, op. posth.] which has a Spanish tinge. The Op.55 No.2 Nocturne has an especially compelling and plangent pianissimo ending. But all these arrangements reflect well on transcribers – including Taneyev and Glazunov – and performers. They’re played with as much tonal and expressive control as the sonata – no slumming here or indeed exaggerated phrasing.

Naturalness is all in this refined and splendidly elegant recital.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathy Stott (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Venue:  Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway 
Length: 30 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway (09/21/2006 - 09/23/2006) 
2.
Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathy Stott (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Venue:  Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway 
Length: 9 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway (09/21/2006 - 09/23/2006) 
3.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathy Stott (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Venue:  Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway (09/21/2006 - 09/23/2006) 
4.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathy Stott (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Venue:  Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Truls Otterbech Mork; Kathy Stott.
Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway (09/21/2006 - 09/23/2006) 
5.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathy Stott (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Venue:  Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alexander Glazunov.
Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway (09/21/2006 - 09/23/2006) 
6.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathy Stott (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Venue:  Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway (09/21/2006 - 09/23/2006) 
7.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathy Stott (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
Venue:  Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Truls Otterbech Mork; Kathy Stott.
Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway (09/21/2006 - 09/23/2006)
The attribution of this composition to Chopin is doubtful. 
8.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathy Stott (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Venue:  Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Sergei Taneyev.
Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway (09/21/2006 - 09/23/2006) 
9.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 6 in E flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathy Stott (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Venue:  Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alexander Glazunov.
Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway (09/21/2006 - 09/23/2006) 
10.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathy Stott (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Venue:  Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Oste Fredrikstad Church, Norway (09/21/2006 - 09/23/2006) 

Sound Samples

Nocturne in E minor Op.72
Prelude in B minor Op.28 No.6
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 65: I. Allegro moderato
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 65: II. Scherzo (Allegro con brio)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 65: III. Largo
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 65: IV. Finale (Allegro)
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.4
Waltz in A minor Op.34 No.2
Nocturne in C minor, Op.Posth.
Introduction and Polonaise Brillante Op.3
Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op. 55 No 2
Etude in C sharp minor Op.25 No.7
Etude in E flat minor Op.10 No.6

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 Excellent August 26, 2013 By TED Q. (HENDERSON, NV) See All My Reviews "Excellent renditions, very soulful interpretations of Chopin Sonatas. I love Truls Mork." Report Abuse
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