Benjamin Britten: Cello Symphony, Cello Sonata & Cello Suites (Hyperion Audio CD 2-disc set)

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Cello Symphony, Cello Sonata & Cello Suites (Hyperion Audio CD 2-disc set)

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A major release at the start of Britten’s anniversary celebrations. Britten’s long friendship with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was one of the most inspiring and fruitful musical collaborations in history. It led directly to the composition of some of the most important works for cello of the twentieth century.

Alban Gerhardt, among the greatest living exponents of the instrument, performs this body of works in its entirety. In the Cello Sonata he is partnered by Steven Osborne, whose Hyperion recording of Britten’s Piano Concerto received a Gramophone Award. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Manze join Gerhardt for the Cello Symphony, Britten’s only substantial piece of absolute symphonic music.

The astonishing music for solo cello—the three suites plus the miniature Tema ‘Sacher’—completes the set. The suites are repositories of a huge number of compositional and string-playing techniques, acknowledging their debt to Bach but also demonstrating all the imagination and emotional scope for which the composer is revered.

Alban Gerhardt - cello
Steven Osborne - piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Manze - conductor

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COMPACT DISC 1 Symphony for cello and orchestra Op 68 [31'30] 1 Allegro maestoso [11'13] 2 Presto inquieto [3'41] 3 Adagio – cadenza ad lib [9'53] 4 Passacaglia: Andante allegro [6'43] Sonata for cello and piano in C Op 65 [20'38] 5 Dialogo [6'50] 6 Scherzo – Pizzicato [2'22] 7 Elegia [6'38] 8 Marcia [2'11] 9 Moto perpetuo [2'37] COMPACT DISC 2 Cello Suite No 1 Op 72 [24'40] 1 Canto primo: Sostenuto e largamente [2'30] 2 I Fuga: Andante moderato [3'42] 3 II Lamento: Lento rubato [2'35] 4 Canto segundo: Sostenuto [1'21] 5 III Serenata: Allegretto, pizzicato [1'57] 6 IV Marcia: Alla marcia moderato [3'06] 7 Canto terzo: Sostenuto [2'12] 8 V Bordone: Moderato quasi recitativo [3'50] 9 VI Moto perpetuo e Canto quarto: Presto [3'27] Cello Suite No 2 Op 80 [20'02] bl Declamato: Largo [3'22] bm Fuga: Andante [4'10] bn Scherzo: Allegro molto [1'41] bo Andante lento [4'31] bp Ciaccona: Allegro [6'18] Cello Suite No 3 Op 87 [20'57] bq Introduzione: Lento [2'01] br Marcia: Allegro [1'38] bs Canto: Con moto [1'15] bt Barcarola: Lento [1'30] bu Dialogo: Allegretto [1'12] cl Fuga: Andante espressivo [2'33] cm Recitativo: Fantastico [1'07] cn Moto perpetuo: Presto [0'49] co Passacaglia: Lento solenne [8'52] cp Tema Sacher [1'34]