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Britten, unmatched accompanist,
This review is from: Rostropovich and Britten Recital (Audio CD)
The recording is "legendary" and the music is amongst my favourites. But the thing that always astonishes me when hearing Britten, the performer, is how great his reputation would be, purely as a recording artist, if he'd never written a note.
Little of his output is in my collection. A wonderful performance of Mozart's 40th Symphony, conducted by him, at the Maltings. And this, three pieces from a recital by him annd Mstislav Rostropovich.
I had not realised that their relationship had grown out of performing together. I have the Cello Symphony, on vinyl, and it's a wonderful piece, which, this recording shows, has it roots in performance.
The cello performance is peerless; the accompaniment judged to perfection. Britten's touch on the keyboard is immaculate. There are few pianists who could match him, even fewer who could be judged his superior.
This goes to my collection with extreme delight, and fits into the top ten of my CDs.
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Initial post: 27 Oct 2011 15:18:33 BDT
Simon Mack - uk creative says:
NB - plse note however that this cd does NOT include the fairly rare + powerful Britten cello sonata but is not included on this Decca "Legendary" series of the same recordings made by Rostropovich + Britten,at slightly higher price here, the "Classic Sound" release here is well worth the extra outlay. ( see amazon cd ref: ASIN: B0000042G2)
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