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Sonatas

Alexander Warenberg & Giuseppe Guarrera

TTK 0036

Alexander Warenberg and Giuseppe Guarrera recorded their debut album with TRPTK containing sonatas by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich for cello and piano.

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About the album

Alexander Warenberg and Giuseppe Guarrera recorded their debut album with TRPTK containing sonatas by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich for cello and piano.

The Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40, was one of Dmitri Shostakovich’s early works, composed in 1934 just prior to the censure by Soviet authorities of his music, notably the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which was deemed too bourgeois and decadent for the Soviet people. It was also a period of emotional turmoil in his life, as he had fallen in love with a young student at a Leningrad festival featuring his Lady Macbeth. Their affair resulted in a brief divorce from his wife Nina, and it was in August, during their period of separation, that he wrote the cello sonata, completing it within a few weeks and giving its premiere in Moscow on 25 December with his close friend, the cellist Viktor Kubatsky, who was also the piece’s dedicatee.

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19 is being regarded as one of the most important cello pieces of the 20th century. It is also the last piece of chamber music that Rachmaninoff wrote. The sonata belongs to the first compositions that came after a depressing and non productive period in Rachmaninoff’s life, caused by great criticism over his first symphony. In 1900 he had finally gained enough confidence to continue composing, resulting in his famous 2nd piano concert and the sonata for cello and piano.

Tracklist

  1. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40: I. Allegro non troppo Dmitri Shostakovich 12:07
  2. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40: II. Allegro Dmitri Shostakovich 03:23
  3. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40: III. Largo Dmitri Shostakovich 08:06
  4. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40: IV. Allegro Dmitri Shostakovich 04:04
  5. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19: I. Lento - Allegro moderato Sergei Rachmaninoff 13:13
  6. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19: II. Allegro scherzando Sergei Rachmaninoff
  7. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19: III. Andante Sergei Rachmaninoff 05:43
  8. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19: IV. Allegro mosso Sergei Rachmaninoff 10:46

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“I really like this one!” ★★★★★

Bill Dodd, NativeDSD

Artist(s)

Alexander Warenberg
Giuseppe Guarrera

Composer(s)

Dmitri Shostakovich
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Genre(s)

Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)

Label

TRPTK

Recording resolution

PCM 352.8 kHz 32 bits

Recording date(s)

17 – 19 December 2018

Recording location

Kleine Zaal
Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Recording engineer

Brendon Heinst

Mastering engineer

Brendon Heinst

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