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Cello Sonata in A major, Op 104
composer
January 1824

Recordings
'Moscheles & Hummel: Cello Sonatas' (CDA67521)
Moscheles & Hummel: Cello Sonatas
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Movement 1: Allegro amabile e grazioso
Movement 2: Romanze: Un poco adagio e con espressione
Movement 3: Rondo: Allegro vivace un poco

Cello Sonata in A major, Op 104
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Hummel’s Cello Sonata in A major, Op 104, dates from the final phase of his career, when, despite continuing a busy touring career that took him as far afield as France, Poland and Russia, he had in 1819 settled into a comfortable life as Kapellmeister in Weimar. Here he and the aged Goethe were among the reasons drawing visitors to the town, over which presided the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, daughter of the Tsar of Russia and one of Hummel’s composition pupils. In January 1824 he wrote and dedicated to her what the first edition described as his ‘Grande sonate pour Pianoforte et Violoncelle’. The qualifications to the opening Allegro—amabile e grazioso—could be said to describe the whole work. It is less a piece for virtuosos than for musical companions, amiable and graceful, with the opening cello song decorated by the piano. In the charming Romanze, the first word goes to the piano, with a melody later given gently varied treatment and a more assertive middle section. As with the final Rondo, there is an element of Hummel looking back over his long career, past his virtuoso achievements, to his classical origins; but the cheerful, extrovert closing pages serve as a reminder that Hummel had indeed been one of the most exuberant and impressive of pianists.

from notes by John Warrack © 2006

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Details for CDA67521 track 9
Romanze: Un poco adagio e con espressione
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-52109
Duration
5'56
Recording date
16 February 2005
Recording venue
Wathen Hall, St Paul's School, Barnes, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Moscheles & Hummel: Cello Sonatas (CDA67521)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: April 2006
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