Martin Berteau - Sonatas & airs for violoncello | Glossa GCD922512

Martin Berteau - Sonatas & airs for violoncello


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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD922512

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 10th March 2014



Christophe Coin (cello)
Petr Skalka (cello)
Felix Knecht (cello)
Markus Hunninger (harpsichord)


Berteau, Martin

Airs Amoroso
Exercice no.6 in G major
» Allegro
Sonata III in G major
Sonata IV in F major
Sonata I in D major
Sonata VIII in A minor
» Vivace
Sonata VI in E minor
» Trio
Sonata V in E flat major


Christophe Coin (cello)
Petr Skalka (cello)
Felix Knecht (cello)
Markus Hunninger (harpsichord)


Whatever composer, period or style Christophe Coin turns his attention to, it is certain to be full of interest and musicality. Such is the case with a new recording from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis – where Coin teaches – whose focus is one of the founding fathers of modern cello playing, the Frenchman active in the middle of the 18th century, Martin Berteau.

Known both for training many of the important cellists from later in that century and for introducing technical innovations which extended the instrument’s range and expressiveness, Berteau’s composing voice has been very little known (some of his compositions also being confused with those by others).

An ideal candidate, therefore, for a thorough reappraisal from a musician as talented as Christophe Coin (who, like the composer, played the viola da gamba before turning to the cello), with the help of two of his own former cello students in Petr Skalka and Felix Knecht.

Cello Sonatas and Airs make up this programme – including one sonata in which all three cellists take part. The three of them play on instruments from the epoch, whilst Markus Hünninger provides harpsichord accompaniment.

In the accompanying booklet essay for this new release (issued by Glossa as part of its ongoing relationship with the SCB), Thomas Drescher traces the lifespan of Martin Berteau, an overlooked compositional figure who leads us back to the roots of an important instrument of our musical culture.

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