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Shostakovich Cello Sonata opus 40, Rostropovich Britten 1. Allegro non troppo

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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.

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