Jonathan Aasgaard, together with pianist Martin Roscoe, performs the complete music for cello and piano by Brahms, including both the Sonatas plus transcriptions of the composer’s Hungarian Dances, Lieder, First Violin Sonata and the Andante of the Second Piano Concerto.
Principal cellist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Aasgaard is an equally distinguished soloist as well as a notable arranger, talents in evidence on his previous Avie release, From Jewish Life (AV2149) on which he solos in Bloch’s Schelomo and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, and his own arrangement of Bloch’s Prayer. His 2-CD set of the Complete Works for Cello and Piano by Brahms includes the composer’s two Sonatas as well as arrangements of the popular Hungarian Dances, a selection of Lieder, the First Violin Sonata, and the Andante from his Piano Concerto No 2. His superb partner is pianist Martin Roscoe.
“There is not a sentence started by Aasgaard that Roscoe leaves unfinished; no question unanswered...More than usual, therefore, it is important not to understate the value that Martin Roscoe adds to this recording with his utterly faultless playing. He makes you properly listen.” Gramophone