Chopin - Cello Sonata; Schubert - Arpeggione Sonata | Hyperion CDA68227

Chopin - Cello Sonata; Schubert - Arpeggione Sonata

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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68227

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 28th September 2018

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Cellists have cause to be thankful for the impracticality and swift demise of the arpeggione, which allowed the appropriation of Schubert’s wonderful sonata for their own instrument. Dénes Várjon’s 1851 Érard lends characterful zest both here and in Chopin, while bonuses include Steven Isserlis’s own transcriptions of songs by both composers.


We get a real sense of give and take from the off, Isserlis and Várjon giving Chopin’s lines a pliable quality that brings them to life, while the beautiful second subject is given time to breathe, to rapturous effect, the two players taking the dynamics right down. ... Even among Isserlis’s many fine discs, this one stands out. And if you still need convincing that the Chopin Cello Sonata is a total masterpiece, this is the recording to do it.  Harriet Smith (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone October 2018

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