Rachmaninoff sonata occupies a place among the great cello sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms even though it is technically a sonata for cello and piano. The piano is equal to the cello, and, as one might guess about a work for piano by one of the great piano soloists of all time, the piano part is extremely difficult. Vanhauwaert not only handled the technical demands with apparent ease and aplomb, the timbre of his playing perfectly matched that of Walz’s cello. His playing evidenced both technical skill and remarkable musicianship.

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