Magazine article Czech Music

Anton Rubinstein

Magazine article Czech Music

Anton Rubinstein

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Sonatas for Cello and Piano No. 1 in D major, op. 18 and No. 2 in G major, op. 39 Jiri Barta - cello, Hamish Milne - piano.

Production: Simon Perry, Michael Spring. Text: Eng., Fr., Ger. Recorded: Jan. 2008, Potton Hall, Suffolk, Great Britain. Released: 2009. TT: 70:55. DDD. I CD Hyperion CDA67660 (distribution Classic). Alternativa: Bulow, Ribera (EtCetera).

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When I heard the cello sonatas of Anton Rubinstein, I wondered why cellists are not more interested in them. Recordings are rare as saffron and generally not made by the most prominent cellists. The reasons lie perhaps in the shifting taste of generations, a loose compositional affinity with the more distinctive Brahms sonatas, and perhaps the difficulty of the parts of both instruments and the challenge of music that it is hard to get under the skin and make attractive in every aspect. This is because while the music is pleasantly melodic, it is also very "wandering", and occasionally as it were over talk ative. Nonetheless, when the musical material is rightly understood it starts to shine, and you have exquisite jewels before you (this is particularly the case with opus 39). …

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