Sergei RACHMANIOV (1873-1943)
Cello Sonata in g minor, Op. 19(1901) [38:31]
Vocalise Op. 34. No. 14 (1912) [6:07]
Variation 18 (Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini) Op. 43 (1934) [3:36]
Transcriptions by Gautier Capuçon and Gabriela Montero
Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Cello Sonata in C, Op. 119 (1948) [26:30]
Gabriela Montero (piano)
Recorded 21-23 November 2006 at Auditoria Stelio Molo, Lugano, Svizzera.
Virgin Classics are pairing up two of their hottest young guns in the persons of Gautier Capuçon and Gabriela Montero for this sweeping collection of late romantic and early modern works for cello and piano.
On to the Prokofiev. This, strangely enough is perhaps a more melodic work than the Rachmaninov. I have always found Prokofiev to be a master of a good tune, even if that tune is a bit disjunctive at times. Written for Rostropovich, it is work full of ideas, overflowing with ear catching and beautifully constructed counterpoint. Our artists give us a fine performance here, again, exquisitely balanced and cleanly and articulately delivered.