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Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonatas / Christian Poltéra

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for cello & piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 32
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in F major, Op. 123
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Prière, for violin (or cello) & organ, Op. 158
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Romance for Horn and Orchestra in F major, Op. 36
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Notes & Reviews:

Saint-Saens was one the most important composers for the cello in his time and wrote a considerable amount of music for the instrument. Here the two Cello Sonatas are complemented with the ever-popular "Swan" from 'The Carnival of the Animals', the 'Romance', Op. 36 and the late 'Priere'. The cellist Christian Poltera and pianist Kathryn Stott collaborate regularly in recital halls throughout the world and on Chandos recently released a disc of the Cello Sonatas by Faure.

"Compared to Poltera's previously releases of cello works by Swiss composers, Saint-Saens may seem like a less noble undertaking, but Poltera quickly dispels this notion. With a refreshingly powerful, driven, intense interpretation, Poltera infuses the two sonatas with a level of life and vitality that they may not have seen in decades if not longer. He plays with a virtually flawless technique, a muscular yet controlled tone, and a musical understanding over the score that grips listeners from start to finish... Heard them once and weren't impressed? Try again with Poltera and Stott and you're not likely to be disappointed." -All Music Guide

BBC Music Magazine
Why do these sonatas so rarely appear in recitals? Saint-Saëns's sensuous poeticism and ingenious craftsmanship are wonderfully combined in them. Despite Poltéra's elegance, it is the more extrovert Kathryn Stott who brings these performances truly alive. She has a true grasp of the idiom, and the sheer energy and range of sound to illuminate these big works. The disc is completed with a gloriously limpid Swan, and two further salon delicacies.

Gramophone Magazine
Saint-Saëns certainly knew how to tap the technical resources of his soloists and Poltéra and Stott are as one in playing some fleet, taxing passagework with fluency and power, Poltéra's mellow tone adding a dimension of poignancy and shapely phrasing that traces and defines the music's surging contours.



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Works Details

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for cello & piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 32
  • Performers: Christian Poltéra (Cello); Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (03/30/2009-04/01/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in F major, Op. 123
  • Performers: Christian Poltéra (Cello); Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (03/30/2009-04/01/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Prière, for violin (or cello) & organ, Op. 158
  • Performers: Christian Poltéra (Cello); Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (03/30/2009-04/01/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Christian Poltéra (Cello); Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (03/30/2009-04/01/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Romance for Horn and Orchestra in F major, Op. 36
  • Performers: Christian Poltéra (Cello); Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (03/30/2009-04/01/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1874