Guy Weatherall

Russian masters: Cello sonatas and short pieces by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, etc

9:00, 21st April 2017

Jamal Aliyev (vc), Anna Fedorova (pf)
Champs Hill Records CHRCD127

Thoughtful, expansive readings of the two great Soviet cello sonatas from a young artist possessed of enviable technique and a rich tonal palette. Tempi are often broad, though occasionally not entirely consistently; but at his best (the opening of the Prokofiev, for example) both he and Fedorova can be very convincing. The inclusion of a pleasing sequence of miniatures by Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Borodin and Shchedrin makes for a very generous programme, though unusually for this label (and venue), the recording flatters the cello more than the piano.

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