Rebecca Rust

Kahn, Brahms: Works for Cello

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Kahn, Brahms: Works for Cello Review

by Mike D. Brownell

Combining familiar with unfamiliar, cellist Rebecca Rust and pianist Fritz Schwinghammer unite for satisfactory performances of Brahms' first cello sonata and Kahn's lesser-known Cello Sonata, Op. 37, and Three Pieces, Op. 25.

Rust's playing is consistent throughout the album -- generally accurate intonation, pleasant phrasing, and a great deal of energy and exuberance, especially in the Kahn sonata. Tone color is sometimes one-dimensional, and projection is often an issue in the middle range of the instrument where it is sometimes lost to the piano. The lower register is very dark and satisfying and the upper register cuts easily through the thick texture in the piano. Ensemble is quite good save for the last movement of the Brahms. In this movement, the two performers failed to illustrate the non-stop hemiolas by sometimes rushing through the ends of triplets. Overall, this is a very adequate CD. It is certainly not an archetypal example of the Brahms, but it would be a welcome opportunity for collectors to gain exposure to the Kahn.

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