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Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky / Lars Vogt, Truls Mork


Release Date: 08/19/1997 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 45274   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievDmitri ShostakovichIgor Stravinsky
Performer:  Lars VogtTruls Otterbech Mork
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mørk and Vogt’s latest disc brings together three major Russian chamber works for cello and piano from the Thirties and Forties. Shostakovich wrote his Second Cello Sonata in the same year (1934) that Stravinsky published the cello version of his Suite italienne – an offspring of his ballet Pulcinella. Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata followed in 1949. For all three composers, the cello seems to have suggested a casting-off of avant-garde ideas in favour of a more lyrical, Romantic vein. For a cellist like Mørk, whose greatest love is Schumann, this means music admirably suited to his graceful, almost understated style of playing. Even where the composers use a more percussive style – the rapid hammered notes of the Shostakovich’s Read more scherzo or the thumping pizzicato in the Prokofiev’s first movement, for example – Mørk is never guilty of the ugly sounds that can stem from forced playing. His performance gives an impression of virile strength, reined in by good taste and the requirements of the music. Double stops sound radiant, pizzicatos ring out, and technique is rock solid – it’s especially impressive in the chromatic descending octaves in the Shostakovich scherzo. Balance and sound are excellent throughout, as is Vogt’s equal partnering.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Janet Banks, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lars Vogt (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Eidsvoll Church, Eidsvoll, Norway 
Length: 23 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Lars Vogt (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Eidsvoll Church, Eidsvoll, Norway 
Length: 28 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Suite italienne for Cello and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Lars Vogt (Piano), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Eidsvoll Church, Eidsvoll, Norway 
Length: 18 Minutes 1 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cello Sonata No. 2 in D minor Op. 40: I. Allegro non troppo - Largo
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D minor Op. 40: II. Allegro
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D minor Op. 40: III. Largo
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D minor Op. 40: IV. Allegro
Suite Italienne for cello and piano (cello part in collaboration with Gregor Piatigorsky): I. Introduzione
Suite Italienne for cello and piano (cello part in collaboration with Gregor Piatigorsky): II. Serenata
Suite Italienne for cello and piano (cello part in collaboration with Gregor Piatigorsky): III. Aria
Suite Italienne for cello and piano (cello part in collaboration with Gregor Piatigorsky): IV. Tarentella
Suite Italienne for cello and piano (cello part in collaboration with Gregor Piatigorsky): V. Minuetto e Finale
Cello Sonata in C major Op. 119: I. Andante grave - Moderato animato
Cello Sonata in C major Op. 119: II. Moderato - Andante dolce
Cello Sonata in C major Op. 119: III. Allegro, ma non troppo

Customer Reviews

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 Very good interpretations. April 10, 2014 By L. Labra (Oakland, CA) See All My Reviews "This CD has excellent interpretations of the three Russian composers. Also you can not find the arrangement of Piatigorski to Strawinsky Italienne with the famous themes of Pergolesi. All three compositions are played with a sensitivity for the phrases hard to find." Report Abuse
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