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Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19


Among High Romanticism’s crown jewels—dedicated to the cellist Anatoli Brandukov (1858/59-1930), best man (with Siloti) at the composer’s wedding in 1902, and Piatigorsky’s teacher—the G minor Sonata, a duo demanding of both players, with a concerto-like piano part, was the third masterwork of a year which saw also the completion of the Second Suite for two pianos and the C minor Concerto. Like those scores it symbolised for its composer a renewal of life, a regaining of confidence and creativity, following the failure and rejection of his First Symphony under Glazunov in 1897. Like them it traces a darkness-to- light, depression-to-hope, scenario—finale in the major, slow movement in E flat, C minor scherzo (Brahmsian 12/8) placed second. Like them it’s criss-crossed with shared thematic likenesses and pianistic figurations. In its original form it was premiered by Brandukov and the composer in Moscow, 2/15 December 1901. Later, far away in another world and climate, it climaxedthe last but one of the charity concerts closing Rachmaninov’s first American season, played by Casals, April 1919.

from notes by Ateş Orga © 2009


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