BRITTEN Cello Symphony, Cello Sonata, Cello Suites, Alban Gerhardt, Steven Osborne, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Manze. Hyperion 2cds

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Britten Cello Symphony Cello Sonata Gerhardt Andrew Manze Hyperion 2Cds

BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913–1976)

Cello Symphony

Cello Sonata

Cello Suites

CD 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]

CD 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]

10 Declamato: Largo [3'22]

11 Fuga: Andante [4'10]

12 Scherzo: Allegro molto [1'41]

13 Andante lento [4'31]

14 Ciaccona: Allegro [6'18]

Cello Suite No 3 Op 87 [20'57]

15 Introduzione: Lento [2'01]

16 Marcia: Allegro [1'38]

17 Canto: Con moto [1'15]

18 Barcarola: Lento [1'30]

19 Dialogo: Allegretto [1'12]

20 Fuga: Andante espressivo [2'33]

21 Recitativo: Fantastico [1'07]

22 Moto perpetuo: Presto [0'49]

23 Passacaglia: Lento solenne [8'52]

24 Tema Sacher [1'34]

Alban Gerhardt - cello

Steven Osborne – piano

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Manze

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.

Hyperion Records 2cds CDA67941-2

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