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Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas / Isserlis, Mustonen

Isserlis,Steven
Release Date: 02/01/2019 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 68239  
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichSergei ProkofievDmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Steven IsserlisOlli Mustonen
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Steven Isserlis and Olli Mustonen play Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata in D Minor – deemed as ‘the most popular cello sonata of the twentieth century’ - alongside two other Russian masterpieces, from pre-revolutionary Prokofiev to Kabalevsky in the Khrushchev era.

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REVIEW:

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. In contrast, the Shostakovich seems spacious and ruminative. The shorter pieces are also superbly done.

– Gramophone


Steven Isserlis and Olli Mustonen play Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata in D Minor – deemed as ‘the most popular cello sonata of the twentieth century’ - alongside two other Russian masterpieces, from pre-revolutionary Prokofiev to Kabalevsky in the Khrushchev era.

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REVIEW:

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. In contrast, the Shostakovich seems spacious and ruminative. The shorter pieces are also superbly done.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Olli Mustonen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
2.
Ballade for Cello and Piano in C minor, Op. 15 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Olli Mustonen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in B flat major, Op. 71 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Olli Mustonen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USSR 
4.
Moderato for Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 40b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Olli Mustonen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
5.
Adagio for Cello and Piano from Cinderella, Op. 97a by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Olli Mustonen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
6.
In memory of S. Prokofiev, Op. 79 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Olli Mustonen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 

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