SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto No.1 Op.33

Sonata for cello and piano No.2 Op.123, Sonata for cello and piano No.3 Op. posth., unfinished

1 CD - harmonia mundi HMM902210
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Emmanuelle Bertrand, Pascal Amoyel, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, James Gaffigan
original title: Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto, Sonatas / Bertrand
collection: harmonia mundi musique

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  • "That’s it done at last, this blasted sonata! Will it please or not? That is the question." So wrote Saint-Saëns, not without humour, of his second ‘quadruped’ for cello and piano. He adored the cello, as is shown by much more than the famous 'Swan'. He wrote three sonatas for it, but unfortunately the last two movements of the Third Sonata have been lost and what is left survives only in manuscript. Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel play it here with emotion and total respect. The Concerto also included here is today one of the ‘musts’ of the concertante repertory for cello.

    Cello Concerto no.1 op.33 in A minor
    1 | I. Allegro non troppo 5’41
    2 | II. Allegretto con moto 6’09
    3 | III. Molto allegro 7’42
    Sonata for cello and piano No.2 Op.123 in F major
    4 | I. Maestoso, largamente 8’52
    5 | II. Scherzo con Variazioni. Allegro animato 8’46
    6 | III. Romanza. Poco adagio - Agitato 8’21
    7 | IV. Allegro non troppo grazioso 6’48
    Sonata for cello and piano no.3 op. posth., unfinished in D major
    8 | I. Allegro animato 9’27
    9 | II. Andante sostenuto 4’57
    First recording
  • Emmanuelle Bertrand
    Pascal Amoyel
    Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
    James Gaffigan

    Emmanuelle Bertrand [cello]
    Pascal Amoyel [piano, 4-9]
    Luzerner Sinfonieorchester (1-3)
    Cond. James Gaffigan
  • 1 CD - 1h 6mn 57s
    upc/ean. 3149020221020
    ref. HMM902210
    release date. 2017-01-27

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