SCHU­BERT: AR­PEG­GIONE SONATA; SCHU­MANN: STÜCKE IM VOLK­STON; DE­BUSSY: SONATA

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Ben­jamin Brit­ten (pi­ano) Decca The Orig­i­nals 475 8239

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

The world lost much more than a mu­si­cian with the death of Mstislav Rostropovich last month. But quite how great a mu­si­cian and cel­list is now de­parted is per­fectly ev­i­denced in this reis­sue, a record­ing of some of his fab­u­lous 1960s col­lab­o­ra­tions with the com­poser Ben­jamin Brit­ten. Sim­ply put, string and pi­ano duo play­ing can hardly be found that’s more sub­tle, sen­si­tive and gen­er­ous than this. Rostropovich had ex­traor­di­nar­ily wide mu­si­cal sym­pa­thies, Brit­ten no­to­ri­ously nar­row ones. But here, in Schu­bert, Schu­mann and De­bussy, they’re ab­so­lutely on the same wave­length. www.dec­ca­clas­sics.com

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