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Published on Sep 22, 2011
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello & Benjamin Britten, piano
Shostakovich: Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40 Recorded: Parish Church, Aldeburgh, 14 June 1964
The Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D with Britten was requested personally by Rostropovich prior to his death for this CD programme on BBC Legends. Britten's close association with Shostakovich (Britten premiered the UK debut of the composer's Symphony No.14) is also revealed in the wonderfully understanding and sympathetic accompaniment he gives Rostropovich in this early work.