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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66979
Recording details: July 1997
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Arne Akselberg
Release date: May 1998
Total duration: 24 minutes 38 seconds

'This is a fine disc all round' (American Record Guide)

'Little-known pieces of rare beauty' (Classic CD)

'Intriguing, often challenging and downright beautiful … idiomatic performances that amount to inspired advocacy. Lovingly recommended—to those who listen' (Fanfare, USA)

'Un merveilleux concert' (Diapason, France)

Sonata for cello and piano in F sharp minor, Op 46

Lent  [11'27]
Animé  [6'22]

Introduction  EnglishFranšaisDeutsch
Of all the divine French cello sonatas, only the Debussy from 1915 is heard live today. But getting to know Pierné’s ditto, puts French cello music in a new perspective. Just like the Beethoven A major Sonata, Op 69, surrounded by the ‘Pastoral’ Symphony (Op 68) and ‘Ghost’ Trio (Op 70) the Pierné Cello Sonata is in good company, too! On one side, there’s the massive C minor Piano Trio, which makes any such group just glow on stage. And on the other, yet another trio in a vital, neo-classic, pure C major style for flute, cello and piano: Sonata da Camera.

The Cello Sonata is absolutely loaded with beautiful material, and as far as cello writing goes, Pierné knew no limits. The fast middle section starts out strict, however hinting desire. Build-up upon build-up become frustrating, and yet, sensual. The more he wants the thicker the chords, the bigger the shifts. It’s all terribly exciting, but the expression is serious. The slow section from the beginning returns with intensified beauty, even managing to climax before ending peacefully in that wonderful key he picked, F sharp minor.

from notes by Mats Lidstr÷m ę 1998

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