Martinu: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-3; Works by Sibelius and Mustonen

Martinu: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-3; Works by Sibelius and Mustonen

by Steven Isserlis
     
 

As Bohuslav Martinu gradually becomes better known in the west, his appealing chamber music is increasingly being performed and recorded, as it should be. This SACD of the three cello sonatas joins a respectable number of recordings that are available, though these exceptional performances by Steven Isserlis and Olli Mustonen are sure to give this album a higher…  See more details below

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As Bohuslav Martinu gradually becomes better known in the west, his appealing chamber music is increasingly being performed and recorded, as it should be. This SACD of the three cello sonatas joins a respectable number of recordings that are available, though these exceptional performances by Steven Isserlis and Olli Mustonen are sure to give this album a higher profile in the marketplace. Martinu's music overflows with Czech-flavored themes and energetic dance rhythms, and the cello sonatas, which were composed between 1939 and 1952, reflect aspects of his changing neo-classical and folk-oriented styles. Isserlis and Mustonen clearly enjoy playing these buoyant works, and the vigor of their performances compels listening in the most direct and delightful way. Placed between the sonatas are Mustonen's own cello sonata, which provides contrast through its haunting moods, and Jean Sibelius' "Malinconia," another brooding work for cello and piano. But Martinu's bright and infectious music remains the selling point here, and listeners should give these sonatas their focused attention because they are among the most irresistible works for cello and piano of the 20th century.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2014
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599920429
catalogNumber:
2042
Rank:
18384

Tracks

  1. Malinconia, for cello & piano, Op. 20  - Jean Sibelius  - Olli Mustonen  - Steven Isserlis  - Robert Suff  - Antonio Stradivarius
  2. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2, H. 286  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Olli Mustonen  - Steven Isserlis  - Robert Suff  - Antonio Stradivarius
  3. Sonata for cello & piano No. 1, H. 277  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Olli Mustonen  - Steven Isserlis  - Robert Suff  - Antonio Stradivarius
  4. Sonata for cello & piano No. 3, H. 340  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Olli Mustonen  - Steven Isserlis  - Robert Suff  - Antonio Stradivarius

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