Hummel, Moscheles, Ries - Cello Sonatas
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95023
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 19th August 2016
WorksCello Sonata in A major, op.104
Grande Sonate concertante, op.34
Cello Sonata in G minor, op.125
ArtistsMarco Testori (cello)
Costantino Mastroprmiano (piano)
Ries’s Grande Sonate in G minor Op.125 is an astonishing work of huge breadth, directness and well‐crafted contrapuntal structure. While the singing nature of the cello is brought to the fore in some parts, in others the piano must perform delicately embellished passages of Beethovenian quality (and difficulty). The piano also plays a starring role in Moscheles’ Grande Sonate Concertante Op.34 – unsurprising given that Moscheles was himself a keyboard virtuoso – with the first movement containing extroverted lyrico‐dramatic passages, moving clearly towards the Romantic style. The second movement is lyrical and retrospective, anticipating Mendelssohn in its beauty and delicacy. Hummel, on the other hand, brings the cello and piano together as two partners in a finely tuned conversation in his Grande Sonate in A Op.104, rather than showing off their virtuosic qualities. The narrative quality of this piece leads to a beautiful, private conversation between two well‐balanced protagonists, with some moments of striking melodic charm.
Formerly of ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, cellist Marco Testori has performed in concert halls around the world, including London’s Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York. As well as conducting Convivia Musica, a female voices choir, he is Professor of Baroque Cello at Salzburg’s Universität Mozarteum. Costantino Mastroprimiano is an accomplished pianist, who has previously discovered and performed transcriptions of music by Hummel, Moscheles, Ries, Czerny and Cramer. As well as being a sought after performer, he is a respected scholar, particularly of Clementi.
Recorded in Italy in November 2015
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