Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 |
Dmitri Shostakovich, Sonata in d minor, Op. 40 |
Sergei Prokofiev, Sonata in C major, Op. 119
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I only have the Rachmaninov cello concerto (via download), so that's what this review is for. This is a piece that is very rarely heard, which is surprising, because it is full of all the wonderful Rachmaninov traits that people love in his other music. The cello part, while melodic, isn't a showpiece, so perhaps that limits its appeal. David Finckel and Wu Han give a great performance - the cello is lyrical and singing and Wu Han has plenty of notes and handles every one brilliantly. Recording quality is very good. If you are a cellist you may be interested in David Finckel's free cello talks, which you can find on the [..] website (also Youtube and Vimeo). These are 100 mini cello lessons where he discusses a lot of aspects of cello technique and interpretation, and it is great to see him putting them all in to practice on this album.
I have just seen these artists in a concert program identical to the musical sequence on this disc--at UC Berkeley, March 7, 2015. The Prokofiev and Shostakovich items came off well enough, but the Rachmaninov--the musical meat of the concert--was very awkward to hear. For one thing, the pianist (Ms. Wu) completely overpowered the cellist. For another, the cellist (Mr. Finckel) employed a paltry tone and was expressively timid. Much of the audience gave the pair a standing ovation; but those in the audience who knew the piece, or who understand the purposes of chamber music, were decidedly unhappy. Purely and simply, Rachmaninov was lost between the pianist's antics and the cellist's lack of involvement. As I have not heard the disc, I can only hope that the balances are more favorable there. But this performance was not a matter of poor execution; it was one of misplaced priorities. My advice, then, has to be that the listener look elsewhere for good recorded versions, especially as...
I have owned this album for about 10 years and continue to come back again & again. I am not a classic music expert, but I know what I like and what moves me. Romantic and exciting......... don't miss this wonderful duo and the excitment they have captured
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