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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67376
Recording details: August 2002
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Nicholas Parker
Engineered by Mike Hatch
Release date: May 2003
Total duration: 3 minutes 13 seconds

'an unalloyed joy … The joy they take in each other’s playing is infectious, and if this doesn’t win a few more awards I’ll eat my CD player' (The Mail on Sunday)

'Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough give a serene and eloquent performance' (Gramophone)

'The lightness of touch gives the music time to breathe without any unnecessary lingering, and the clarity of balance – and Hough’s fine control of texture – ensures the communication of a wealth of detail that’s often lost' (The Irish Times)

'Steven Isserlis gives a deeply felt and warmly affectionate reading, abetted by Stephen Hough’s sensitive pianism' (ClassicsToday.com)

'These sonatas…demand equally matched virtuosi who are also sensitive chamber musicians. Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough are ideal for both roles' (Nineteenth-Century Music Review)

Prelude, Op 2 No 1
composer

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Rachmaninov’s two pieces opus 2 were probably written in 1891, for Brandukov. The dark warmth of the first and the exotic colours of the second are pure Rachmaninov: the eighteen-year-old was already speaking in his own unique voice.

from notes by Steven Isserlis © 2003

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