String Quartet No.12 in F major Opus 96 (2) Antonin Dvorak Download 'String Quartet No.12 in F major Opus 96 (2)' on iTunes
An exquisitely recorded disc of Chopin's late works by pianist Maria João Pires accompanied by Pavel Gomziakov on cello.
Repertoire: Piano Sonata No.3; Polonaise-Fantaisie; Sonata for Cello and Piano, et al.
Artists: Maria João Pires (piano), Pavel Gomziakov (cello)
Label: DG 477 7483
Should anyone ask you what is meant by ‘a beautiful tone’ and how a percussion instrument is able to sing, refer them to these two exquisitely recorded discs. The programme features all the important works Chopin wrote in the last four years of his life except the Barcarolle and Berceuse (a pity – there was plenty of room for them). Pires may emphasise the lyrical, intimate Chopin at the expense of the dramatist but her limpid touch and thoughtful phrasing are quite beguiling. Gomziakov joins her in an exceptionally fine and touching account of the Cello Sonata.