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Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata; Schumann: 5 Stucke im Volkston; Debussy: Cello Sonata - Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten

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"On every count this is a triumphant record ... it offers us Rostropovich's own superb playing ... admirably partnered by Britten (who shows himself an outstanding chamber music pianist by any standards)... a splendid performance of the Debussy Sonata ... technically too, the recording is impeccable ... The Schumann - a slight work which, in other hands, can be rather humdrum - gives us the opportunity of admiring the cellist's ravishing cantabile and his finesse of rubato and of tonal gradation... the Debussy is notable for its sensitivity, fluidity and fantasy, and for the remarkable rapport which evidently exists between these two artists: the finale in particular drew forth a spontaneous cry of "Bravo!" from me... "supremely beautiful playing from both cellist and pianist, with never a dead note in even the most incidental bit of figuration [Schubert] ... the engineering is superb: the sound is glorious, and so true to life that if you shut your eyes you can imagine the players in your own room.”

“The classics version [of the Debussy] by Rostropovich and Britten has a clarity and point which suit the music perfectly. The recording is first class”

Cello Sonata

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

Stücke im Volkston (5), Op. 102

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) & Benjamin Britten (piano)