Final premiere of a formidable cellist

It is so fitting that the last recording by Alexander Ivashkin, who died two weeks ago of a rapid cancer, should contain a world premiere. Few solo artists since his teacher Mstislav Rostropovich did more to encourage composers to write for the cello, or recorded so much new music.

Even more fitting, then, that the premiere Sasha plays on what turned out to be his last recording is by Benjamin Britten, his teacher’s close friend. It’s only a schoolboy sonata, but it’s really worth hearing. It’s my Album of the Week on Click here.



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