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Grieg * Sibelius: 'Malinconia'

Magazine article Gramophone

Grieg * Sibelius: 'Malinconia'

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Grieg * Sibelius


Grieg Cello Sonata, Op 36. Peer Gynt--Three Pieces. Allegretto. Intermezzo. Letzter Fruhling, Op 34 No 2 Sibelius Malinconia, Op 20. Valse triste, Op 44 No 1

David Geringas vc Ian Fountain pf

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Tchaikovsky Competition winner and Rostropovich pupil Geringas makes a muscular and forthright impression in the Grieg Sonata, close to the directness of his former teacher in a live 1964 Aldeburgh partnership with Sviatoslav Richter (only available on YouTube now but needed back on disc). Such an approach resituates the work in the mainstream European (that is to say German) tradition but pays less attention to the softer colours and humour (the use of the Hailing) that are surely the basis of Grieg's palette here, even in more anguished moments. The result is to make the work less individual by overstressing form at the expense of content. Additionally, the balance between cello and piano, not greatly helped by the German studio recording, is competitive rather than blending.

Geringas is closer to the idiom of the two Sibelius pieces, the cello part of Malinconia sounding more than usual like an offcut from one of the symphonies. …

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