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Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19

Ensemble Astérope

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Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19  
I. Largo - Allegro moderato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Sergueï Rachmaninov; Ensemble Astérope
II. Allegro scherzando
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Sergueï Rachmaninov; Ensemble Astérope
III. Andante
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Sergueï Rachmaninov; Ensemble Astérope
IV. Allegro mosso
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Sergueï Rachmaninov; Ensemble Astérope
Total Playing Time    39:52
In his compositions for cello and piano, Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote eloquent and articulate pieces that manage to do one and the same thing. They tell distinctive yet expressive stories which, almost immediately, bewilder us and trigger our imagination. On the Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19, Rachmaninoff’s four more elaborate movements are little gems on their own. It’s little surprise that the sonata’s third movement is often performed separately or as an encore. From a musical perspective the piano here is not merely an accompaniment or a supporting guide but a true brother in arms (or partner in crime, as you please). The role of the pianist is very much equal to that of the cellist. At many important turning points it sets the right mood, the precise ambiance, and frequently introduces a musical theme. This last aspect is especially noticeable in the Rachmaninoff sonata. Emmanuel and Damien act as two narrators performing chamber music with a great deal of affection. At the end of the day such outstanding music requires a duo of equals searching for balance between the corresponding lines, to create a sincere interpretation. Over the course of this delightful recording, they succeeded in doing so.
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