Magazine article Gramophone

Britten: Three Cello Suites

Magazine article Gramophone

Britten: Three Cello Suites

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Britten

Three Cello Suites Quirine Viersen vc Globe Records (F) GLO5259 (69' * DDD)

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Evidence of Quirine Viersen's pedigree in period performance is inescapable in her performance of Britten's three cello suites, written for Mstislav Rostropovich between 1964 and 1971. Her recording of the Bach Suites (2011) is a light and gentle reading, and similarly her bowing on this new disc is light enough to articulate the references to the Bach that are scattered through all three of Britten's suites--although nowhere more than in the First, and in particular in the Fuga, where those references are made readily discernible by Viersen without losing any subtlety. The direction also often flows towards the centre of her phrases, rather than the end: the implied (although not actual) presence of a Baroque bow is very firm, and as a result the legacy of the Bach suites--to which Rostropovich was so devoted--is uppermost in this elegant recording. …

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