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Cello Sonata No 2 in F major, Op 123
composer
1905

Recordings
'Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonatas' (CDH55342)
Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonatas
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'Chopin & Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonatas' (SIGCD252)
Chopin & Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonatas
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'Fauré: Lydia's Vocalises' (CKD488)
Fauré: Lydia's Vocalises
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'La trompette retrouvée' (CKD294)
La trompette retrouvée
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Details
Movement 1: Maestoso, largamente
Track 5 on CDH55342 [10'34] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 1 on SIGCD252 [9'41] Download only
Movement 2: Scherzo con variazioni. Allegro animato
Movement 2a: Scherzo con variazioni. Allegro animato
Track 6 on CDH55342 [0'43] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2b: Variation 1. Poco meno allegro
Track 7 on CDH55342 [0'28] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2c: Variation 2
Track 8 on CDH55342 [0'44] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2d: Variation 3. Tranquille, sans lenteur
Track 9 on CDH55342 [1'44] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2e: Variation 4. Molto allegro
Track 10 on CDH55342 [0'40] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2f: Variation 5. Sempre allegro
Track 11 on CDH55342 [0'43] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2g: Variation 6. Molto moderato e marcato
Track 12 on CDH55342 [2'08] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2h: Variation 7. Poco allegretto, tranquillo
Track 13 on CDH55342 [1'15] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2i: Variation 8. Presto
Track 14 on CDH55342 [0'57] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Romanza: Poco adagio
Movement 4: Allegro non troppo, grazioso

Cello Sonata No 2 in F major, Op 123
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The Cello Sonata No 2 in F major Op 123 is a gem, and a superb opportunity to break away from the repetitive cello repertoire. Romain Rolland described Saint-Saëns as a man ‘tormented by no passions’. Well, here is an opening of a sonata which shows what life could be like at seventy—the age Saint-Saëns was when he composed this work in 1905. Preceded by the lovely and inspired Second Cello Concerto, it was his first chamber music work for six years, since the String Quartet in E minor written for Ysaÿe.

‘Finally it is finished, this damned sonata! Will it please or not? That is the question.’ Thus Saint-Saëns wrote to his publisher, Jacques Durand. He was pleased about including a fugue as one of the variations of the second movement, while ‘the last movement will wake anyone who’s slept through the rest of the piece’. The Romanza is a highlight of all slow movements for cello and piano, and makes the composer’s maxim ‘Surtout, pas d’émotion’ (never too emotional, never making yourself too vulnerable) impossible to heed. ‘The Adagio will bring tears to your eyes’, he wrote to Durand. It leaves you with a feeling that you have been told something important, and is wonderful proof of Saint-Saëns’s emotional range.

from notes by Mats Lidström © 1999

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