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Track(s) taken from CDA67244
Recording details: October 2000
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Arne Akselberg
Release date: June 2003
Total duration: 29 minutes 53 seconds

'This is a first-rate disc of unfamiliar repertoire, beautifully played and recorded. Unhesitatingly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is a fascinating anthology of French music for cello and piano. The performance by Mats Lidström and Bengt Forsberg is extremely impressive. Recommended to anyone with a taste for the byways of French music' (International Record Review)

'This is sumptuous, gorgeous, richly replete music, sumptuously played' (Fanfare, USA)

'Hyperion’s vivid sound adds to the appeal of a highly recommendable disc' (ClassicsToday.com)

Cello Sonata in A major, Op 80
composer
1907

Allegro moderato  [10'05]
Andante con moto  [9'28]
Allegro vivace  [10'20]

Introduction  EnglishFranšaisDeutsch
The Cello Sonata in A major Op 80, from 1907, is a grand work in three movements, with a gorgeous opening which heralds a sonata brimming with ideas. A review in Le Ménestrel which appeared shortly after the premiere mentions the lovely fact that the themes are more purely melodic and consequently less suitable for development than those in the violin sonata, but are more numerous. Comparing the cello part to other sonatas of the period, one feels as a cellist that Widor was not concerned with the technical possibilities or difficulties: with, for example, its employment of huge intervals, the cello part matches that of the piano for virtuosity. The Sonata was premiered by Jules Loeb and the composer on 14 March 1907 at the salon of Madame Max, who also offered the Violin Sonata Op 79 on the same programme.

from notes by Mats Lidstr÷m ę 2003

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