“The Russian Album: Cello Sonatas By Rachmaninov and Shostakovich”
|Thomas Demenga||New York Honk.|
|Sergei Sergeievitch Prokofiev||The Love for Three Oranges: March.|
|Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov||Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19.|
|Rodion Shchedrin||Im Stile von Albeniz for violin & piano.|
|Dmitri Shostakovich||Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40.|
Christoph Croisé (Cello), Alexander Panfilov (Piano).
In the spring of 2019, Christoph Croisé scored a break-through with his critically acclaimed recording of Haydn’s Cello Concertos (AV 2402). With The Russian Album, he turns his attention to two towering 20th-century masterpieces, Sergei Rachmaninov’s early, eloquent and emotional Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s D minor Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40. The latter work’s finale featured what would become the composer’s signature style of caricature and irony that proved too provocative to the Stalinist regime. Croisé also offers two “encores” – his own transcriptions of the March from Sergei Prokofiev’s propulsive opera The Love for Three Oranges, and Rodion Shchedrin’s flambouyant In the Style of Albéniz – and a bonus track by his compatriot, the Swiss cellist and composer Thomas Demenga, New York Honk, a humourous homage to the Big Apple’s cacophonous traffic noises.