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Chopin, Franck: Cello Sonatas

Chopin, Franck: Cello Sonatas
Composer Frédéric Chopin
Artist Benedict Kloeckner cello
Anna Fedorova piano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number PCL59472
EAN code 5029365947220
Release April 2017

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About this release

Two full blooded romantic Cello Sonatas, each with its own peculiar history and relationship to the instrument. Frédéric Chopin almost exclusively wrote for the piano. His last published work however was the Cello Sonata Op. 65, written for his close friend and cellist Auguste Franchomme. Coincidentally legend has it (as orally testified by Pablo Casals) that Cesar Franck composed his famous Violin Sonata for “violin or cello”, and that a version for cello existed in Franck’s hand, written for…Auguste Franchomme. Be that correct or not, the sonata sounds equally original, forceful and lyrical for cello as for violin.

This new recording presents the collaboration between two highly gifted young soloists: Benedict Kloeckner and Anna Fedorova, who deliver a both passionate and intimate performance of these great works. They already successfully recorded Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata, issued on Piano Classics PCL0081.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: II. Scherzo
  3. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: III. Largo
  4. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: IV. Finale, allegro
  5. Andantino quietoso in E-Flat Major, FWV 5, Op. 6
  6. Violin Sonata in A major, FWV 8: I. Allegro ben moderato
  7. Violin Sonata in A major, FWV 8: II. Allegro
  8. Violin Sonata in A major, FWV 8: III. Ben moderato
  9. Violin Sonata in A major, FWV 8: IV. Allegretto poco mosso
  10. Introduction et polonaise brillante in C Major, Op. 3: I. Lento-Allegro con spirit