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 (AV 2149) on which he solos in Bloch’s Schelomo and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, and his own arrangement of Bloch’s Prayer. His new double album set of the complete works for cello and piano by Brahms includes the composer’s Sonatas as well as arrangements of the popular Hungarian Dances, a selection of Lieder, the First Violin Sonata, and the Andante from his Second Piano Concerto. His superb partner is pianist Martin Roscoe.
"...There are plenty of moments to savour in the clear and ambient recording, highlighted by some elegant cello playing in the Lieder arrangements with idiomatic partnering from Martin Roscoe..."
Joanne Talbot - The Strad - June 2014
Editors Choice - Chamber
"...The sonatas of Brahms, of any genre or period, are nothing if the piano part is not as well played as the melody line. More than usual, therefore, it is important not to understate the value that Martin Rosco adds to this recording with his utterly faultless playing..."
Caroline Gill - Gramophone magazine - June 2014