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Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op 104

'Boëllmann & Godard: Cello Sonatas' (CDA66888)
Boëllmann & Godard: Cello Sonatas
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Movement 1: Moderato
Movement 2: Adagio non troppo
Movement 3: Vivace ma non troppo – Andante – Vivace – Moderato

Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op 104
In the D minor Cello Sonata, the predominant influence is that of Schumann. This may have been a drawback in Chabrier’s eyes, but to the modern listener, unconcerned with the claims of novelty, it leads to a blend of strong bass lines and mildly chromatic harmony which sits well with Godard’s pleasing melodic gift. In the first movement, his operatic leanings come out in a number of sudden changes of texture and dynamics, especially in some low, menacing chromatic swirls. Strong bass lines are again evident in the central slow movement, as is a partiality for the major third in the melodic line. The last movement is structurally the most complex, with three main themes, the third of them a passionate tune high on the cello which any operatic tenor would give his eye-teeth for. The almost patriotic tone of the ending again recalls Schumann.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 1996

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Recording date
26 August 1995
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Arne Akselberg
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  1. Boëllmann & Godard: Cello Sonatas (CDA66888)
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    Release date: April 1996
    Deletion date: June 2008
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