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Myaskovsky * Rachmaninov: Myaskovsky Cello Sonata No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Myaskovsky * Rachmaninov: Myaskovsky Cello Sonata No 1

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Myaskovsky * Rachmaninov [G]

Myaskovsky Cello Sonata No 1, Op 12 (a)

Rachmaninov Cello Sonata, Op 19 (a). Two Pieces, Op 2 (a). Prelude, Op 3 No 2

(a) Bruno Philippe vc Jerome Ducros pf

Harmonia Mundi (F) HMM90 2340 (71' * DDD)

Bruno Philippe is still only 2 5 but you wouldn't guess from the maturity of his musical thinking, which is coupled with a songfulness and ravishing sound--essential qualities for Rachmaninov. We get not only the G minor Sonata but the slighter Prelude and 'Danse orientale', Op 2, which are well characterised without being overdone. Jerome Ducros also contributes a nuanced reading of that piece the composer grew to loathe: his C sharp minor Prelude, Op 3 No 2.

In the Sonata itself, Philippe gives Weilerstein a run for her money in the way he moulds the opening movement, his penchant for cantabile playing put to fine use in the Allegro moderate's dreamier moments--sample from 11 '30" of track 6 (they both, incidentally, include the exposition repeat, which Isserlis omits).

The scherzo is a mix of darting energy, well set up by Ducros, and unashamed melodic lusciousness, though Isserlis and Hough make even more of the contrast, the latter not afraid to take things down to a murmur. Hough also sets the scene for the Andante with a poetry that Ducros can't quite match. Barnatan is also very inward at the outset, allowing Weilerstein to join the sighing phrases in the most potent way possible. …

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