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Very enjoyable (for the most part)

The first piece on this recording is Schumann’s “Funf Stucke im Volkston” in A minor, Op. 102, and it is played warmly and with great confidence and depth of feeling. It is a wonderful way to start this disk, and makes a wonderful mate to Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A Major. Both the cello and piano (played by Per Rundberg) are equal partners here, each sharing wistful ideas with each other and responding in kind like two old friends. I really like this interpretation, and the 4th movement is lovely.

The one piece on this recording that I didn’t really care for is Peter Ruzicka’s Recitativo. It is a 20th century piece that rather brambles about, lots of dissonance in places, etc., and it really does not fit well at all with the other pieces on the CD.

Fortunately, the recording finishes with Camille Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28, which is a real joy to listen to. While the tempo is just a touch uneven in places, overall it is well-played and melodic, and is performed with just the right amount of dynamic range and sense of playfulness to make this listener happy.

Overall, I’m very happy with this recording although I could certainly do without Ruzicka’s Recitativo as it is just not the kind of piece that I enjoy listening to. But the rest of the CD is wonderful and I’m glad I have it in my collection.

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Schumann, Franck, Ruzicka, Saint-Saens, Valentin Radutiu
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Apr 01, 2011

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