Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata for Cello, Schumann: 5 Stücke in Volkston & Debussy: Cello Sonata
Benjamin Britten & Mstislav Rostropovich
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When he first heard Mstislav Rostropovich's full-throated, passionate playing, composer and pianist Benjamin Britten was knocked sideways. The two became fast friends and the Englishman composed some of his most adventurous works for the great Russian cellist. But equally rewarding testimonies to this meeting of two creative titans of the twentieth century are these vividly recorded performances of diverse cornerstones of the piano and cello repertoire: Schumann's engaging miniatures, Schubert's alternately haunting and charming Arpeggione sonata, and one of the three valedictory sonatas that helped the great French composer Debussy transcend the agonies of his final illness.
I am surprised to be the first to write a customer review. Rostropovich must be one of the greatest cellists of all time. Yo-Yo Ma is a speck of dust compared to this guy. It is such an amazing thing to have someone that great composers composed for still alive (as of april 27, 2007 he has been dead). Indeed, when composers write concerti and other such pieces, they are most of the time written for musician friends of theirs. Mozart wrote his clarinet concerto for a friend, so did Haydn his oboe concerto and so on, but all of those gifted musicians are now dead. Now, Rostropovich is and was admired by so many. I mean, even the great Shostakovich worte for him. Anyway, this album never ceases to haunt me. Rostropovich and Britten play well together. I reccomend the first track especially (although you'll have to buy the full album). This recording is a must-have for any lover of music.
I first heard this after a retrospective piece on his life and works on public radio. They played this at the end of the broadcast and I was so impressed by it, I immediately searched for it and found it here on iTunes. Talk about playing with so much feeling - its a piece one can listen to over and over again.
Album Only Fail!
Admittedly, this is an amazing album, but if I'm only looking for one song I don't want to buy the entire album! All I want is the schubert arpeggione but every single album I find it on has the work for purchase only with the entire album. It's a real shame because people are missing out on the best classical works in history because the lesser movements are the only ones available for individual purchase. I'm will NOT buy this album because none of the other works will be listened to. What a shame that iTunes is preventing appreciation for the real meat of classical music with a transparent marketing scheme.
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