1. Brahms, Shostakovich, Ligeti: Dialogo / John-Henry Crawford
  2. Brahms, Shostakovich, Ligeti: Dialogo / John-Henry Crawford

Brahms, Shostakovich, Ligeti: Dialogo / John-Henry Crawford

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American cellist John-Henry Crawford was named Young Artist of the Year by the Classical Recording Foundation in 2019, and his debut album demonstrates exceptional insight and nuance in a varied and fascinating program, performed with pianist Victor Asuncion. Playing a rare 200-year-old cello smuggled out of Austria by his grandfather, Robert Popper, John-Henry Crawford performs sonatas by Brahms and Shostakovich alongside Ligeti’s Solo Sonata. Brahms insisted that the piano was the cello’s equal in his Cello Sonatas, and the F major Sonata gives Victor Asuncion plenty of opportunities to shine. Ligeti’s Solo Sonata has had a turbulent journey from romantic gesture to Soviet censorship to staple of the repertoire, and Shostakovich’s D minor Sonata grew out of a troubled time in his life, but in both cases the cello is given an array of lyrical, passionate and technically demanding material, performed here with great flair.

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: ORC100166

  • UPC: 5060189561667

  • Label: Orchid Classics

  • Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich, György Ligeti, Johannes Brahms

  • Performer: John-Henry Crawford, Victor Santiago Asuncion