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In his second disc for BIS, Maxim Rysanov here is joined by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under the conductor Muhai Tang. Described as 'a prince among violists', Maxim Rysanov was in 2010 chosen to perform at the Last Night of the Proms. On that illustrious occasion he played his own adaptation of Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. The string section of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra of that orchestra also join him in another work usually performed on the cello - and usually with the original piano accompaniment: Schubert's Sonata in A minor. The programme is rounded off with the one completely original composition on this disc, namely the autumnal Romance in F major by Max Bruch. On his previous disc for BIS, Rysanov also turned to the cello repertoire, performing three of Bach's suites for solo cello. That recording was selected for a special recommendation in The Strad and chosen as Classical CD of the Week in the Daily Telegraph.
"His transcription of Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme almost made one forget that it had been composed for the cello. Myriad refinements brought depth and brilliance, virility and sensitivity, in equal measure."The Independent