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Chopin: Cello Sonata, Op. 65; Piano Trio, Op. 8 / Johannes Moser, cello; Kolja Blacher, violin; Ewa Kupiec, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
>Chopin, Frédéric : Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, B 25/Op. 8
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Notes & Reviews:

The two compositions performed here are among the very few pieces of chamber music that Chopin left behind. While predominantly focused on the piano, those few occasions when he did explore other idioms, always featured the cello prominently, so naturally this disc is a feast of musical riches for the young cellist Johannes Moser. There's no holding back with this music as Moser draws out every emotion and nuance from the noble to the pathetic, from soaring lyricism to sober solemnity. At every step along the way, his devotion is matched by his esteemed ensemble partners. A wonderfully programmed and superlatively performed recording!

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Well, of relatively recent recordings of both works together, the one by Niziol, Kalinowski, and Szeler (Dux 755, Mar/Apr 2011) is as good and also contains the Introduction & Polonaise, Opus 3 and the Duo Concertante on tunes from Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable. The Dux is just as well played and employs an early piano. The present one is more relaxed and warmer in sound. Both are musically satisfying.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
Moser and friends ensure there's 'music and life in every note' of Chopin's noble trio, as Schumann described it. An absorbing account of the Sonata combines fire with inner stillness.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
This is an excellently balanced recording, with performances that are persuasive and convincing. In the Sonata, Kupiec and Moser relate perfectly to each other, following another's rubato seemingly spontaneously. Kupiec has a fluid way with Chopin, keeping the music flowing easily, without rigidity...All in all, these are highly recommendable performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: SWR-Funkstudio, Stuttgart.



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>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
  • Performers: Ewa Kupiec (Piano); Johannes Moser (Cello)
  • Notes: SWR-Funkstudio, Stuttgart (12/20/2010-12/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1846

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, B 25/Op. 8
  • Performers: Kolja Blacher (Violin); Ewa Kupiec (Piano); Johannes Moser (Cello)
  • Notes: SWR-Funkstudio, Stuttgart (06/21/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828