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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66888
Recording details: August 1995
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Arne Akselberg
Release date: April 1996
Total duration: 7 minutes 28 seconds

'Cellists should rejoice, and so should those who know Benjamin Godard only from the Jocelyn Berceuse and Léon Boëllmann from the Suite Gothique. First-rate digital sound' (Gramophone)

'An interesting and compellingly played disc of offbeat repertoire. Strongly recommended' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'This disc is chock-full of music I have never heard before. Without exception it is attractive, imaginative, and beautifully played … Lidström and Forsberg put us in their debt with this disc' (American Record Guide)

'This is wonderful. Unfamiliar yet instantly captivating repertoire leaves you wondering why you'd never heard this music before, especially when performed with the compelling advocacy and stunning bravura brought by Mats Lidström and Bengt Forsberg … This is a release of the highest distinction and significance, faultlessly played and atmospherically recorded … Very highly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

Two Pieces for cello and piano, Op 31
composer

Valse lente  [3'45]
Menuet  [3'43]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Valse lente and the Menuet, while scarcely calling for analysis, are finely written and rarely predictable. Altogether Boëllmann’s early death must be counted a loss to French music as serious as that of his fellow organist and composer Jehan Alain just over forty years later.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 1996

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