, May 2014
Hindemith’s Three Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op 8 is a remarkable work…because it manages to delve into the innermost dwellings of the heart whilst remaining free from the ooze of excessive, gushing sentimentality. Hurtaud’s entrancing imagination helps realise the depth and dexterity of this piece.
A frog he went a-courting—Variations on an Old English Nursery Song is an obscure piece which skips and carouses. This punchy number is played with real personality. Unflagging energy and apt impetuosity render this popular song inquisitive and somewhat rhetorical, but not in a stuffy or humdrum way. Fervour and vitality impart a delightfully childish spirit to this piece.
Hurtaud gives Hindemith’s Sonata for Cello, Op 25, No 3 a dark and introverted feel. Hurtaud performs with maturity and intelligence, conveying the oppressed emotions which both cause friction and glimpse frivolity.
Together…for the Sonata for Cello and Piano…Hurtaud and Hurtado demonstrate their instinctive inner ear, often seemingly sparring with each other. They empty their musical pockets as they deliver convincing and gripping performances.
…these two players deliver memorable performances which are eloquent and exacting in their adherence to and independence from Hindemith’s music. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review