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The Russian Album / Croise, Panfilov


Release Date: 11/01/2019 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2410  
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovDmitri ShostakovichRodion ShchedrinSergei Prokofiev,   ... 
Performer:  Christoph CroiséAlexander Panfilov
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the spring of 2019, Christoph Croise scored a breakthrough with his critically acclaimed recording of Haydn’s Cello Concertos. With The Russian Album, he turns his attention to two towering 20th century masterpieces, Sergei Rachmaninov’s early, eloquent and emotional Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s D minor Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 40. The latter work’s finale featured what would become the composer’s signature style of caricature and irony that proved too provocative to the Stalinist regime. Croise also offers two “encores”- his own transcriptions of the March from Sergei Prokofiev’s propulsive opera The Love for Three Oranges, and Rodion Shchedrin’s flamboyant In the Style of Albeniz- and a bonus Read more track by his compatriot, the Swiss cellist and composer Thomas Demenga, New York Honk, a humorous homage to the Big Apple’s cacophonous traffic noises. “a recording teeming with sparkle and relentless in fizz.” (Gramophone)

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REVIEW:

They perform the two sonatas with great expression and high, energetic commitment, without any exaggeration. Croisé proves a sensitive musician who casually abandons technique to boast the musical expression. The small compositions, Shchedrin's In the style of Albeniz and the March of Love for the Three Oranges by Prokofiev are given the same careful interpretation as the two main works on this recording.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Christoph Croisé (Cello), Alexander Panfilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Christoph Croisé (Cello), Alexander Panfilov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
3.
In the style of Albeniz by Rodion Shchedrin
Performer:  Christoph Croisé (Cello), Alexander Panfilov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USSR 
4.
The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis: 3. Marche by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Christoph Croisé (Cello), Alexander Panfilov (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1919; Soviet Union 
5.
New York Honk by Thomas Demenga
Performer:  Christoph Croisé (Cello), Alexander Panfilov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 

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