Imogen Cooper


Après un Rêve

Composed by Sergey Rachmaninov, César Franck

Performed by Imogen Cooper, Sonia Wieder-Atherton

RCA Red Seal / 191-155-2 / Recorded at the Tibor Varga Foundation, Sion

Sonia Wieder Atherton is a very confident, characterful player, with a fine tone and subtle command of rubato that gives point to each phrase. And Imogen Cooper, one or two thrilling solo outbursts aside, is careful never to over-pedal or to play too loudly — managing this while giving full expression to Rachmaninov's expansive emotions. Regular sonata partners, the two seem to have a natural affinity.

Duncan Druce, Gramophone, December 2002

While the piano, in solo or concerto mode, is the instrument most associated with late-romantic music, nothing quite captures bittersweet nostalgia like the cello. Whether in the melancholy of Rachmaninov’s sonata, Franck’s cyclical response to the sonata form, or Faure’s achingly lovely ‘Apres un reve’, the cello’s plaintive tone is the dominant voice. Which is not to deny pianist Imogen Cooper’s contribution; indeed her partnership with cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton is an exceptional meeting of musical minds, and hearts.

Christopher Bowen, The Scotsman