Rachmaninov / Shostakovich: Sonatas for cello and piano
An exceptional venture into the chamber repertoire: Robert Irvine, highly acclaimed protagonist of Delphian's recent disc of cello music by Giles Swayne, is now joined by pianist Graeme McNaught in two classic Russian sonatas.
"Rarely can [the Rachmaninov] have been recorded in a performance of such potent and poetic intensity, intelligence and clarity as that which … Irvine and his responsive, vital pianist, Graeme McNaught, give here. Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata is equally well done: poised, subtle and controlled where it needs to be, but appositely pugnacious, brittle and pointed in the scherzo"
"…performances of exhilarating musicality and intimate understanding. Proof couldn’t be stronger that it’s not always the most marketed names that produce the finest interpretations"
"The lyrical warmth in Shostakovich’s manner in this work owes something to Rachmaninov, repressed though it may be. Robert Irvine touches on this well, balancing it with cleverly handled playing of a finale whose brightness carries a considerable charge of irony. He and his excellent pianist, Graeme McNaught, keep the textures light, wittily so even if there is a wry note in the wit, but also in a Largo that has its own problems with deliberately dark, even murky textures. It is highly intelligent playing of an emotionally complex work."
Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording Venue: CREAR, Lochgilphead, Argyll
Recording Dates: 7-9 September 2007
Release Date: 28 July 2008 Catalogue No: DCD34158 Total playing time: 1:10:00