A very fine, full price, DGG CD (471 565-2) contains the 2 Cello Sonatas and other pieces for cello and piano. Mischa Maisky (cello) is accompanied by tonight’s pianist Sergio Tiempo. Maria Kliegel (cello) and Krislin Merscher (piano) are a good alternative, with a similar programme, on Naxos 8.550655 (budget price).
My favourite recording of the Préludes is by a young Martha Argerich, with her white-hot interpretation on DGG 463 663-2 (mid price). Murray Perahia gives his thoughtful readings on Sony 88843062432 (6 discs for the price of 1 full price). This splendid set contains Chopin’s Concertos, Sonatas, Mazurkas, Études, Préludes and Impromptus.
Alexander Chausian (cello) and Yevgeny Sudbin (piano) give a superb performance on a beautifully recorded BIS SACD – BIS-SACD-1858 (full price). The disc will play on normal CD players, and also contains Cello Sonatas by Borodin and Rachmaninov. A super-budget 2 disc set from Virgin 482 067-2 is an excellent alternative. Truls Mork (cello), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), and Lars Vogt (piano) also play Sonatas and other pieces for cello and piano by Miaskovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, and Stravinsky.