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Pietrasanta P07.44 (2007) by Caio Fonseca (b1959)
Reproduced by kind permission of the artist / www.caiofonseca.com
Track(s) taken from CDA67755
Recording details: March 2009
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: March 2010
Total duration: 22 minutes 2 seconds

'These performances are strongly characterised, clearly etched and full of life and drama. The account of the D major Sonata's great, sombre Adagio is powerfully eloquent … with Müller-Schott demonstrating a breathtaking control of subtle changes in tone and dynamic level' (Gramophone)

'Once again Müller-Schott and Hewitt deliver strong and committed performances characterised by great attention to detail and wonderful musical interaction. The three sets of variations are projected with charm, elegance and virtuosity' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Absorbing interpretations, where the two players instinctively click and the music comes across with vibrancy, sensitivity and a galvanising unanimity of purpose' (The Daily Telegraph)

'They project the D major [D major sonata] middle section as the ray of light it is. Then they excel in projecting the final fugue clearly, while giving free rein to its sharp cross-accents and registral leaps. Here, Müller-Schott brings a steely intensity to his high passages and an effective growling colour to those down below, while Hewitt deploys her Bachian expertise to advantage, yet conveys Beethoven's counterpoint as pianistically spikier and more rebarbative' (International Record Review)

'Müller-Schott is certainly one of the finest cellists before the public today, and this is his core native repertory. The performances have the winning freshness of rediscovery' (The Sunday Times)

Cello Sonata in D major, Op 102 No 2
composer
early August 1815; dedicated to Countess Anna Maria Erdödy; published in 1817 by Simrock and in 1819 by Artaria

Allegro con brio  [6'53]

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The first movement of the D major Sonata shows evidence of the new possibilities available in the cello writing with a singing, dolce first subject. Despite the Adagio being the first real slow movement of these Sonatas, the main melody is a rather restrained affair, with short rests at the end of each two-bar phrase – the smoother melodic writing is reserved for the middle section of the ABA structure. The finale follows without a break, though not before tentative attempts at the main subject forestall the arrival of the movement proper – a fully-fledged fugue. In fact this is the first occasion where Beethoven uses a fugue as the basis of a movement (instead of merely incorporating fugal writing into another form), and is thus also the first example of the contrapuntal thinking that was to dominate his final years.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1996


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