Cello Sonatas

Audun Sandvik, Sveinung Bjelland

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Original Recording Format: DXD

We know that our seafaring ancestors cultivated a strong tradition of singing. And Russian singing, especially in a religious context, is a renowned hallmark of the country’s rich culture. Both composers featured on this album were partial to the human voice. Many regard the cello as one of the instruments best able to reproduce the human voice, and it is tempting to presume that both Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich were motivated by the cello’s matchless range of expression when each wrote his powerful sonata — and, mind you, with the piano as wholly equal partner. Each was considered one of the most outstanding piano virtuosos of his generation and knew his instrument through and through.

We hope that the Russian sonatas — in Norwegian renderings — can show that the human spirit transcends cultural and national boundaries. All that remains is to listen. Perhaps we may perceive the sounds of our ancestors singing together. In music — humanity’s home — we all share the same mother tongue.

Tracklist

1.
Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata, Op. 19: I. Lento
13:56
2.
Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata, Op. 19: II. Allegro scherzando
07:02
3.
Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata, Op. 19: III. Andante
05:50
4.
Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata, Op. 19: IV. Allegro mosso
10:43
5.
Shostakovich: Cello Sonata, Op. 40: I. Allegro non troppo
12:58
6.
Shostakovich: Cello Sonata, Op. 40: II. Allegro
03:19
7.
Shostakovich: Cello Sonata, Op. 40: III. Largo
08:57
8.
Shostakovich: Cello Sonata, Op. 40: IV. Allegro
04:26

Total time: 01:07:11

Additional information

Label

SKU

LWC1131

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Editing Software

Pyramix

Mastering Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Original Recording Format

Producer

Vegard Landaas

Recording Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Release Date September 27, 2017

Press reviews

BBC Music Magazine 4 out of 5

Cello and piano are equal partners on this album, and both players find an admirable delicacy. Compelling interpretations of 20th-century Russian cello classics.

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