Movement 1: Lent
Movement 2: Animez très peu – Calme
Movement 3: I Tempo (Mouvet. de début)
Movement 4: Animé
The Cello Sonata is absolutely loaded with beautiful material, and as far as cello writing goes, Pierné knew no limits. The fast middle section starts out strict, however hinting desire. Build-up upon build-up become frustrating, and yet, sensual. The more he wants the thicker the chords, the bigger the shifts. It’s all terribly exciting, but the expression is serious. The slow section from the beginning returns with intensified beauty, even managing to climax before ending peacefully in that wonderful key he picked, F sharp minor.
from notes by Mats Lidström © 1998