Martinu - Cello Sonatas
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95687
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 17th September 2021
ArtistsRiviera Lazeri (cello)
David Boldrini (piano)
The First Sonata is a tense and often angry work, even in its brooding central movement, and the mood carries over into the beginning of the Second, which was one of the first works completed by Martinů after his emigration to the US with his wife and children. This was another period of stress and homesickness, which may be heard in the Czech character of the melodies growing stronger during the sonata’s course, until the finale synthesises old and new worlds with a fusion of jazz and Bohemian folk melody.
Like much of Martinů’s later music such as the last symphony and The Greek Passion, the Third Sonata of 1952 is more elusive – often almost naďve in character, and finding release in a neoclassical gigue which perhaps symbolises the composer coming to terms with a homeland whose soil he would never again touch.
Many cellists of distinction have been attracted to these compact but challenging works, and audiences with them. Riviera Lazeri is an Italian cellist at home in the world of new music, partnered here by a pianist, David Boldrini, who has made critically acclaimed Brilliant Classics albums of music by Cimarosa and Czerny, among others.
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