Benjamin Britten


Sonata in C for Cello and Piano

1 recording

  1. In 1960, Britten was introduced to the Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich by the composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Inspired by their growing friendship and Rostropovich’s playing, Britten soon started sketching the “Cello Sonata” – his first major instrumental composition in 15 years – while on a holiday in Greece. The composition was completed during the winter of 1960 – 61 and it was premiered by Rostropovich and Britten on 7 July 1961 at the Aldeburgh Festival.