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An Ideal Pairing

Brahms cello sonatas -
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JULIAN JACOBSON

'... honourable, fluent and enjoyable playing ...'

Johannes Brahms: The Cello Sonatas - John Whitfield and James Winn. © 2014 MSR Classics

Brahms' two cello sonatas make an ideal pairing, the intense inner psychological drama of No 1 being balanced — almost exorcised — by the powerful, confident, epic sweep of No 2, written more than twenty years later. They have unsurprisingly been taken up by almost all the great cellists, so that any new version needs to have something special to offer. Despite much honourable, fluent and enjoyable playing, this recording doesn't quite manage that.

The first Sonata, the E minor Op 38, opens as persuasively as one would wish, capturing the music's darkness and also its Bachian gravitas...

Copyright © 20 September 2014 Julian Jacobson,
London UK

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