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Sonata for cello and piano No 1

'Martinů: Cello Sonatas' (CDH55185)
Martinů: Cello Sonatas
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Movement 1: Poco allegro
Track 1 on CDH55185 [5'22] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Lento
Track 2 on CDH55185 [6'01] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Allegro con brio
Track 3 on CDH55185 [5'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Sonata for cello and piano No 1
Although separated from Czechoslovakia, the tribulations of his homeland affected Martinu profoundly, and its occupation by the Germans in 1939 caused him infinite sadness. He found an outlet for his feelings in the Sonata for cello and piano No 1. Apart from a set of Fairy Tales for piano, dedicated to his pupil the ailing Vitezslava Kaprálová, it is the only composition ascribed to that traumatic year. It is dated 12 May.

The feeling of unrest so eloquently expressed in the Double Concerto, completed at the time of Munich, is again predominant in the first movement of the sonata, which for Martinu is unusually dramatic and declamatory. But whether its mood was dictated wholly by outward events has been questioned. Some feel that a more intimate but undisclosed emotional disturbance may have had a hand in its creation. The unusually passionate slow movement lends some credence to this idea, though the final Allegro con brio tends to rebut such an interpretation. The sonata is dedicated to Pierre Fournier who, with Rudolf Firkusny, gave the first performance in Paris one year later on the very eve of the collapse of the composer’s settled world: ‘The last greeting from a better world’, Martinu recalled many years later.

from notes by Kenneth Dommett © 1989

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Details for CDH55185 track 1
Poco allegro
Recording date
21 January 1988
Recording venue
All Saints, Petersham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Martinu: Cello Sonatas (CDA66296)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: March 1989
    Superseded by CDH55185
  2. Martinu: Cello Sonatas (CDH55185)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: October 2004
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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