Poetic phrasing – The Strad

TATJANA VASSILJEVA, winner of the first prize in the 2001 Rostropovich Competition in Paris, has forceful things to say in Chopin’s Cello Sonata with pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger (Mirare MIR 107). This intensity of feeling, coupled with her full sound and poetic phrasing make this a striking interpretation. Alkan’s Sonate de concert op.47, a brave pairing, also receives a convincing performance. In the haunting Adagio, prefaced by a verse from the prophet Micah, Vassiljeva paints a very effective tone colour high up on the lower strings, and in the pyrotechnics of the finale, which might have frightened off less virtuosic cellists, the ensemble appears effortlessly immaculate.

Janet Banks – The Strad


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