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Cello Sonata No 1 in C minor, Op 32
composer
1872

Recordings
'Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonatas' (CDH55342)
Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonatas
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Details
Movement 1: Allegro
Track 1 on CDH55342 [9'06] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Andante tranquillo sostenuto
Track 2 on CDH55342 [5'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Allegro moderato
Track 3 on CDH55342 [6'37] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Cello Sonata No 1 in C minor, Op 32
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The Cello Sonata No 1 in C minor Op 32, from 1872, was the first result of the new Société Nationale de Musique, and therefore a work of significance for France. As in the case of Brahms’s First Symphony, the choice of key may owe something to Beethoven. The second movement is in the relative major key of E flat and originates from an organ improvisation in the church of Saint Augustin. Charles-Marie Widor told the story of the composition of the third movement. After attending the successful first performance of the Sonata, Saint-Saëns, surprised that his mother had made no comment on the piece, asked: ‘Don’t you have anything to say? Aren’t you pleased?’ Mme. Saint-Saëns then said she liked the first two movements, but not the finale. A few days later he triumphantly told her: ‘I have composed a new finale! Do you want to hear it?’ This is the finale we know today. It contains quotes from the first act of Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine—possibly a favourite of Saint-Saëns’s mother’s. The Sonata is in good company in his output, preceded by the Introduction et rondo capriccioso Op 28 for violin and orchestra and Le rouet d’Omphale Op 31, considered the first French symphonic poem, and followed by the Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor Op 33.

from notes by Mats Lidström © 1999

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Details for CDH55342 track 3
Movement 3: Allegro moderato
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-99-09503
Duration
6'37
Recording date
12 April 1999
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Arne Akselberg
Hyperion usage
  1. Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonatas (CDA67095)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: October 1999
    Deletion date: September 2007
    Superseded by CDH55342
  2. Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonatas (CDH55342)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: July 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Licensing
1.Audio tour Pisarro: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2007
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