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Rachmaninoff and Barber: Cello Sonatas
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Cellist Jonah Kim and pianist Sean Kennard have been making music together since they were teenagers at the Curtis Institute of Music and together they have played almost every sonata in the standard repertoire. The Rachmaninoff Sonata and the Sonata by Samuel Barber hold a special place for them: The Rachmaninoff was the first sonata they worked on together, and Kims teacher at Curtis was Orlando Cole, who premiered the Sonata with Barber himself at the piano. Both Sonatas shine as big, romantic works with broad, rhapsodic strokes and superb melodies. Kim and Kennard give stunning performances, putting these young performers at the top of their generation for technique and interpretation.
- Package Dimensions : 5.59 x 4.88 x 0.39 inches; 3 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Delos Records
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Date First Available : June 27, 2020
- Label : Delos Records
- ASIN : B08BVWTBZ7
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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In the Rachmaninoff’s second movement, Kim’s playing is heavy and inflexible. He is unattractive high on the A string, where he has a habit of playing senza vibrato. In the Andante third movement he plays some awkward portamentos, and in the fourth movement his cello predominates over the piano even when he is playing accompanimental passages.
Kim and Kennard studied Samuel Barber’s 1932 Cello Sonata with Orlando Cole, the cellist who premiered the sonata with Barber in 1933. Their reading is confident, even compelling, but here, too, Kim’s sound is somewhat metallic.
Kim may be a cellist of great promise, but that promise is not realized here. Skip this one.