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Rachmaninov, Franck: Cello Sonatas / Isserlis, Hough


Release Date: 07/08/2003 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67376   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovCésar Franck
Performer:  Stephen HoughSteven IsserlisRebecca Evans
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Playing together for the first time on Hyperion, Hough and Isserlis are stunningly matched in this large-scale passionate romantic programme. The sonatas stand at the centre of the meaty repertoire established by Brahms - whose two cello sonatas Steven Isserlis has recorded for us in an award-winning disc accompanied by Peter Evans (CDA66159) - and characterized by grand sweeping gestures, lush melody, and heartfelt emotions that sear from pathos to frenzy. The Franck is, of course, an alternative version the compoer wished for his violin sonata, a transition that many feel to be the work's happiest incarnation. These performances are distinguished by the inspired combination of the renowned energy and panache of Isserlis with the Read more fastidious translucency of Hough's playing, in music often dispatched with more gush thant gusto. Isserlis also provides a programme note very much in his own style; he examines the inspiration behind both works, coming as they do from deeply religious composers who were also the voices of greatly sensual radiance, while including reminiscences of hsi grandfather playing the piano part for the dedicatee of the Rachmaninov and of his grandmother learning the piano part in her 80s, to accompany her grandson! The disc is completed by what in the context may seem miniatures but which amply show how these great composers had a language of intimacy as much as expansiveness. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 32 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2. Pieces (2) for Cello and Piano, Op. 2: no 2, Oriental Dance by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3. Pieces (2) for Cello and Piano, Op. 2: no 1, Prelude by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 08/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5. Le sylphe, M 73 by César Franck
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano), Rebecca Evans (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842-1843; France 
Date of Recording: 08/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: French 

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