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5.0 out of 5 stars You must have it! A marvelous hymn to Music and Musicianship., 5 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Schubert/Schumann/Debussy: Works for Cello & Piano (DECCA The Originals) (Audio CD)
I had the opportunity to admire Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) as a very refined and gifted pianist listening to the CDs of the BBC series "Britten The Performer" (where you can also find a rare and precious performance in duet with Claudio Arrau (1903-1991) - !!! - accompanying in Brahms's Liebeslieder Waltzes).

Here (in 1961 - Schumann and Debussy - and in 1968 - Schubert -) the astonishing musicianship of Britten meets the equally astonishing musicianship of his close friend Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007). The result is a marvelous hymn to Music and Musicianship.

Rostropovich is not always, or in every repertoire, my favorite cellist, as Britten is not my favorite composer or performer. Nevertheless, I consider this CD a true gem of inestimable value. Here something magical happens; here Music naturally, flawlessly, effortlessly flows out in all Her strong, but sweet, beauty. Here the miracle occurs and the Goddess is claimed to show Herself unveiled.

Surely the pieces performed are not banal or meaningless - on the contrary! -, but the matter here is not "what" they are playing, but "how" they do it, that is the exemplary basic attitude of the performers towards Music in general and their natural and spontaneous (and, at the same time, cultured and professional) approach to playing.

An exceptionally good original analogic sound and a vivid remastering (96kHz - 24bit in this 2007 and in the previous 1999 reissues, see Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione (bowed guitar) & Piano, d.821 / Schumann: 5 Pieces in the Popular Style (Volkston), Op. 102 / Debussy: Cello Sonata, improving even further the excellent 1997 remastering, see Plays Cello Sonatas By Britten, Schumann & Debussy, where Britten's sonata substitutes Schubert's one) produce an incredible "presence" effect.

I think you will listen to this CD again and again, every-time renewing your pleasure and deepening your comprehension of the Mistery.
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