Rachmaninov, Prokofiev - Works for Cello and Piano | Pentatone PTC5186594

Rachmaninov, Prokofiev - Works for Cello and Piano

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186594

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 18th November 2016

Contents

Artists

Johannes Moser (cello)
Andrei Korobeinikov (piano)

Works

Prokofiev, Sergei

Cello Sonata in C major, op.119

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Cello Sonata in G minor, op.19

Artists

Johannes Moser (cello)
Andrei Korobeinikov (piano)

About

The achingly beautiful, haunting lyricism of early Rachmaninov and the soaring effusiveness of late Prokofiev are glowingly brought to life by the German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser and the Russian pianist Andrei Korobeinikov in this new release from Pentatone of richly expressive 20th-century cello sonatas and other works.

Composed during troubled periods in the composers’ lives, the cello sonatas are life-affirming works. Rachmaninov’s arresting Sonata which he wrote following a nervous breakdown is not unlike his perennially popular Second Piano Concerto: a journey from brooding melancholy to untrammelled joy, with a transcendentally beautiful slow movement. Prokofiev wrote his outstanding Sonata while labouring under considerable hardship. It is by turns restrained and movingly lyrical, but the hair-raising final movement with its bravura passagework ends the work in a blaze of defiance.

“Both Rachmaninov and Prokofiev are genius musical storytellers,” Moser said in a recent interview. “Both have their own very personal and individual language, but they are at the same time deeply rooted in the epic Russian tradition… When we recorded the album, we were very inspired by images of wide open nature, Russian folklore, as well as the longing and humour that both composers share.”

“The Rachmaninov sonata is a piece that I’ve been avoiding for many years,” he added, “because I was waiting for the right partnership. And so to have a champion of Rachmaninov’s music like Andrei … it’s been very exciting for me to go on that journey with him.”

Described by Gramophone as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists” and by the LA Times as a musician who “…connects with the audience in a way that only great artists do”, this is Johannes Moser’s second outing for Pentatone.

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