Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Sonata D major op. 78 “rainsong-sonata” for for piano and violoncello
(Arr. Paul Klengel)
about this recording:
The composer Hans Gál was born near Vienna in
1890. Following considerable success in the 1920s, he was appointed
Director of the Conservatory in Mainz in 1929. Hitler's accession to
power in 1933 led to his instant dismissal and the banning of all his
works. He returned to Vienna, but was again to forced to flee by
Hitler's annexation of Austria in 1938. He emigrated to Britain and
settled in Edinburgh, where he remained active until his death in 1987.
On this CD issue are found among the Suite op. 6
the Two Scottish Rhapsodies for violoncello and piano as world first
recording. Cavalli-Records continues - after the recordings of the duet
for bassoon and violoncello by Hans Gál (CCD 257) and works by Robert
Kahn (CCD 269) - the serie with works by forgotten jewish-european
Suite op. 6 for violoncell and piano (1919)
Sonate D major for piano and violoncello op. 78 „Rainsong-Sonata“ (Arr.
by Paul Klengel)
Two Scottish Rhapsodies for violoncell and piano (1960)
This is a must-have disc for fanciers of late Romantic music for cello and piano. Rebecca Rust is quite wonderful, sporting a solid technique and a vibrant, singing tone (see review, one hopes also in this issue, of her Kahn and Brahms CD). Frederick Blum could, at times, have been a bit less self-effacing, but he is an able partner. Outstanding sound. Strongly recommended.
FANFARE MAGAZINE (USA): Review by Jerry Dubins