NIKOLAI KAPUSTIN (b.1937): Complete Music for Cello and Piano - Sonatas No. 1, Op. 63 and No. 2, Op. 84, Elegy, Op. 96, Burlesque, Op. 97, Nearly Waltz, Op. 98.
Catalogue Number: 11T054
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: There is an unmistakably bluesy, relaxed quality to the Second Cello Sonata from 1998. Kapustin has composed more for the cello than any other instrument than the piano, and the instrument’s natural affinity with both lyricism and melancholy make a good fit for his own style. Towards the end of the finale there is a momentary sense of dislocation as the cello launches into the Prelude from Bach’s First Cello Suite before the two instruments drag the movement back into the modern world. The First Sonata from seven years earlier is briefer and spikier, less expressively effusive but at the same time written more within the cello-sonata tradition from Brahms to Adès, with a central Sarabande and driving Scherzo. The album is completed by three miniatures, all fine examples of Kapustin’s good-humored fusion of idioms. Duo Perfetto.