From Darkness to Light: Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov | Australian Eloquence ELQ4816562

From Darkness to Light: Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov


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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4816562

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 16th July 2021



On two days in October 2016, Russian pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and Australian cellist Catherine Hewgill went into the studio to make their first recording together. An all-Russian programme, it features the Cello Sonatas of Shostakovich and Prokofiev with the added pendant of the Rachmaninov Vocalise in an arrangement by American cellist Leonard Rose. This is their first recording for Decca (Australia).

From Darkness to Light ‘reflects the many very dark passages in each of the two sonatas, which ultimately seem to resolve themselves into the possibility of universal light and hope,’ says Ms. Hewgill, Principal Cellist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

‘I very much enjoyed working on this recording with Katie Hewgill. She is a very artistic and highly professional musician. Also, as I am Russian, it certainly feels very natural to me to identify with this great music,’ says Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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