• Edinburgh Fringe

Rachmaninov's Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor was first performed in 1901 soon after the amazing success of his second piano concerto. It is delightful to hear many of the attractive features of the piano concerto again in the cello sonata: warm rich harmonies, sweeping melodies, virtuosity from both instruments, and an unforgettable slow movement. The interplay between the cellist and pianist is very engaging. After a beautifully intense opening there follows an amazing variety of textures and emotions, exciting climaxes and a stirring conclusion. The Schumann Fantasy pieces are an admirable companion.