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Track(s) taken from CDA67376

Prelude, Op 2 No 1


Steven Isserlis (cello), Stephen Hough (piano)
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' (Classics Today)

'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)
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

Les deux pièces Opus 2 de Rachmaninov furent probablement écrites en 1891, pour Brandukov. La chaleur sombre de la première et les couleurs exotiques de la seconde sont caractéristiques de Rachmaninov; le jeune homme de dix-huit ans qu’il était alors parlait déjà de sa voix inimitable.

extrait des notes rédigées par Steven Isserlis © 2003
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Rachmaninows zwei Stücke op. 2 wurden wahrscheinlich 1891 geschrieben und waren für Brandukow. Die dunkle Wärme des ersten und die exotischen Farben des zweiten sind reiner Rachmaninow: der 18jährige sprach schon mit seiner eigenen unverwechselbaren Stimme.

aus dem Begleittext von Steven Isserlis © 2003
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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