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Daniel Shafran Edition (Historical Russian Archives)
Another major addition to our Russian Archives series. These 7 CD's show all facets of Daniel Shafran's genius. This cellist who started out as a child prodigy was initially taught by his father and had a unique poetic ... more »
Another major addition to our Russian Archives series. These 7 CD's show all facets of Daniel Shafran's genius. This cellist who started out as a child prodigy was initially taught by his father and had a unique poetic and sincere way of making music. His vibrato, phrasing and virtuosity all added to his especially passionate performances. Repertoire from J.S. Bach (4 of the solo suites) to Schnittke (Suite in the old style). As customary in this series some music virtually unknown in the West is also included. For example the Romance by Nikolai Rakov and Melody by Vladimir Vlasov. Shafran made quite a number of concert tours and recordings together with his first wife, pianist Nina Musinyan, who accompanies him on several pieces on these CD's as well. This set includes some very special recordings like the Shostakovich cello sonata with the composer himself at the piano, and the first Kabalevsky cello concerto with the composer conducting. Recordings made between 1948 and 1982.
HSIEH CHENG CHUNG | Taipei, Taiwan | 02/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recommand this box of Shafran to all reviewers, with some reasons,
1. This box it's a good value of collecting the live records that Shafran performed during Russia period, in a ecomonic price.
2. It collected some important cellist compositions in it, from russia, to other european important composers. You will find Shafran he is a excellent fully cellist, not only russia cellist.
3. During this box, it's especially outstanding on his sonatas, ex shostakovich, rachmaninov and breval. He had good cooperation with all pianoists. However, his short pieces, ex tchaikovsky, popper were also excellent too. Of couse, you would find his overall professional performance in concertos.
Finally, it's worth purchasing to collect."
Greatest cellist of the 20th century, playing what he knows
Cormac O. Cuilleanain | Dublin, Ireland | 05/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Greatest" may be a silly category -- greater than Fournier, Piatigorsky, Rostropovich? -- but listen to the playing of Rachmaninov and Shostakovitch (especially the second cello concerto) on these inspired discs, and you will be tempted to agree that this was the performer for whom the cello was invented. Kabalevsky too attains sublime heights that he barely deserves, carried on wings of sound that only Shafran could find. Simply amazing, even on the hundredth hearing. Rather than a mere 5 out of 5 stars, this deserves much more."