Mendelssohn - Cello Sonatas, Trio in D minor | Vivat VIVAT120

Mendelssohn - Cello Sonatas, Trio in D minor

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Label: Vivat

Cat No: VIVAT120

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 9th October 2020



Acclaimed Dutch cellist Viola de Hoog presents Mendelssohnís two great Cello Sonatas. With a lifetime spent performing chamber repertoire on period instruments, de Hoog is an ideal, passionate exponent for this music, bringing performances that encapsulate the composerís sense of refined virtuosity.

Effervescent in their outer movements, lyrical and whimsical in their inner sections, Mendelssohn intended his Cello Sonatas to show complete parity between piano and cello.

De Hoog is partnered by the astonishing Armenian pianist Mikayel Balyan, who plays an 1847 piano made by Mendelssohnís favourite maker, …rard. The combination of this fine instrument with Balyanís sensitive musicianship brings a rainbow of sonorities and colours. Mendelssohnís virtuosic piano writing has rarely been heard with such clarity on an original instrument: cascades of notes fly from Balyanís nimble fingers.

The release also includes the first recording on period instruments of Mendelssohnís own arrangement of his famous Trio in D minor, op.49, re-scored for flute, cello and piano. Viola de Hoog and Mikayel Balyan are joined by eminent Dutch flautist Marten Root. One of the staples of nineteenth-century chamber music is heard in completely new colours.

This recording follows Viola de Hoogís much-acclaimed release for Vivat of Bachís Six Cello Suites (VIVAT107).

Recorded by distinguished engineer Adriaan Verstijnen in the historic church in Bunnik, Netherlands.

Extensive presentation includes 44-page booklet with liner note (in four languages) by Mendelssohn expert Professor R Larry Todd, together with five pages of session photos.


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