Shostakovich & Kabalevsky - Cello Sonatas; Prokofiev - Ballade | Hyperion CDA68239

Shostakovich & Kabalevsky - Cello Sonatas; Prokofiev - Ballade


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68239

Barcode: 0034571282398

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st February 2019

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Belying its young composer’s reputation as the enfant terrible of early Soviet music, ‘the most popular cello sonata of the twentieth century’ – Steven Isserlis’s verdict on the Shostakovich – takes its place alongside two other Russian masterpieces, from pre-Revolutionary Prokofiev to Kabalevsky in the Khrushchev era.


Isserlis’s intensity and Mustonen’s pianistic weight suit the [Kabalevsky] piece wonderfully well, and the tolling opening chords sound at once solemn and threatening as Isserlis traces the sorrowing first subject over them. ... The shorter pieces are also superbly done. Isserlis is at his most beguiling in Shostakovich’s early Moderato, while the pas de deux from Cinderella, which Prokofiev arranged before the ballet’s premiere, has plenty of passion and sweep. ...  Isserlis and Mustonen play [Kabalevsky’s Rondo in Memory of Prokofiev] with the combination of lyricism and drama that characterises the rest of the disc. Very fine.  Tim Ashley
Gramophone February 2019

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