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Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Britten - Sonatas For Cello And Piano

Pieter Wispelwey, Dejan Lazić

Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Britten

SKU: 20003

Year of release: 2003

Sonata For Cello And Piano In D Minor Op. 40 26:58
1. Allegro Non Troppo Shostakovich 11:15
2. Allegro Shostakovich 03:05
3. Largo Shostakovich 08:24
4. Allegro Shostakovich 04:13
Sonata For Cello And Piano In C Major Op.40 23:57
5. Andante Grave Prokofiev 10:36
6. Moderato Prokofiev 04:58
7. Allegro Ma Non Troppo Prokofiev 08:22
Sonata For Celllo And Piano In C Major Op. 65 18:31
8. Dialogo (Allegro) Britten 05:53
9. Scherzo-Pizzacato (Allegretto) Britten 02:27
10. Elelgia (Lento) Britten 05:25
11. Marcia (Energico) Britten 02:16
12. Moto Perpetuo (Presto) Britten 02:29
Total time: 69:27

About this album

The Wolf, the Rolls Royce and the Unicorn To each of us cellists these works belong to the great gifts of the twentieth century. Pieces to get one’s teeth into, to live in, bulging with character and individuality. Dramatic and meaningful music with plenty of suspense and theatrics. Inevitably they differ considerably, as far as style, cast of characters and the situations those characters have to face are concerned.
After all we are dealing with three unique artists and with compositions written over a period of almost three decades. The Shostakovich sonata feels like a kafkasque story, whereas the Prokofjev has characteristics of a grotesque fable and Britten of a magic-realistic allegory. Each pair nonetheless shows similarities. The sonatas of Shostakovich and Prokofjev have in common a combination of an almost conventional, tasty, juicy cello part with a remarkably unruly and drier piano part, the Prokofjev and Britten sonatas are written for Rostropovich and therefore truly for the concert stage and finally the Britten and Shostakovich both have the qualities of a self portrait, much more than the Prokofjev sonata that almost seems to be a portrait of Rostropovich…..

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Le Journal de Montreal

Le violoncelliste a de quoi mettre en valeur la palette sonore de son instrument, magnifiquement accompagnent pas le pianiste. ()

Best Buy

listen to the SACD version, which has a more detailed and finely of the wonderful playing to be found on the standard cd release. Together, Wispelwey and Lasic make a vigorous, incisive case for these rewarding works. .... Praise is due all round.


Another winner from Wispelwey: playing of plentiful eloquence and imagination. no denying the intellect, emotional scope and questing sprit on show. ...Boasting vividly truthful sound and admirable balance (audiophiles sound make a bee-line to the SACD equivalent) ,this classy Channel Classics release has already afforded me heaps of stimulation and pleasure. An outstanding cellist and a really wonderful musician, Wispelwey imbues each with tremendous intensity.

The Strad

The glowing recording is well balanced and Dejan Lazics accompanimental work is responsive, alert and thoroughly idiomatic. But it is on Wispelweys fabulous achievement that one must concentrate. He evinces the utmost beauty of tone in the Shostakovitch Sonata, paying remarkable attention to expressive detail. Brilliant!!


Welch ein begnadeter Cellist! Welch ein vollkommenes Zusammenspiel! Welch eine grandiose Vermittlung dieser nicht ganz leicht zu verdauenden Cellosonaten aus dem 20. Jarhhundert!

International Record Review

This exemplary release conveniently groups together three of the twentieth century's finest cello sonatas .... Wispelwey is a master poet who responds to each work with a mesmerising range of tonal colours, dynamics and articulation ... A very special disc indeed.

Klassiek Belgie

Wie Wispelwey wel eens heeft horen spelen, kan zich indenken dat hij n wordt met zijn instrument en het als het ware door hem laat vertellen, ademen (...) (...) Een prachtige, doorleefde uitvoering van deze 20e eeuwse werken. SACD Gids Een topprestatie!! (...) De 23e topprestatie in 10 jaar tijd, het lijken maar cijfers, maar dit gouden schijfje toont nog maar eens aan wat geniaal vertolken precies inhoudt. Extravert zijn, uitbundig, theatraal, buitelen over de snaren, het volgende moment tot stille ingekeerdheid komen, absolute boogbeheersing, een minimum aan vibrato en een maximum aan vertelling bereiken........dit is gewoonweg geniaal .... Dejan Lazic verdient hier een even hoge pluim. Noblesse, virtuositeit en creativiteit komen hier helemaal ten dienste van het samenspel. (...) Op het puntje van de stoel!!

Klassieke Zaken

Wij mogen blij zijn dat musici van het formaat van Wispelwey en Lazic deze grote geschenken van de twintigste eeuw (aldus Wispelwey) bij elkaar hebben gezet.

Judy Kuhn

The performances by Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey and Dejan Lazic, a 26-year old pianist-composer from Zagreb, are jewels. The cellists imaginative approach to the Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Britten Sonatas is reflected in his booklet essay,

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationDoopgezinde kerk, Deventer The Netherlands 2003
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersDCS A/D DSD / DCS DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series