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Berlin Sonatas - Cello sonatas by Abel, J.C.F. Bach; C.P.E. Bach; Benda; Kirnberger; Graun / Elinor Frey, five-string cello; Lorenzo Ghielmi, fortepiano

Audio Samples

  1. Sonata for violoncello and basso continuo in G Major, WKO 147: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Sonata for violoncello and basso continuo in G Major, WKO 147: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Sonata for violoncello and basso continuo in G Major, WKO 147: III. Rondeau $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Sonata for Cello and Keyboard in A major, HW 10 No 3: I. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Sonata for Cello and Keyboard in A major, HW 10 No 3: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Sonata for Cello and Keyboard in A major, HW 10 No 3: III. Tempo di minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Sonata for Keyboard in G major, H. 119, Wq. 62/19: I. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Sonata for Keyboard in G major, H. 119, Wq. 62/19: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Sonata for Keyboard in G major, H. 119, Wq. 62/19: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Progressive Etude No. 25 in D Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Caprice No. 16 in D Major $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in C Major: I. Allegro ma non molto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in C Major: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in C Major: III. Cantabile e variazioni $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in A Major, WKO 148: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in A Major, WKO 148: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in A Major, WKO 148: III. Tempo di minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in C Major, B,XVII,53: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in C Major, B,XVII,53: II.Poco allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in C Major B,XVII,53: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Sonata for cello & continuo in G major, WKO 147
>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Sonata for Cello and Keyboard in A major, HW 10 no 3
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in G major, H. 119, Wq. 62/19
>Benda, Franz : Caprice (Etude) for violin in D minor (Allegro moderato), L. VI-18
>Benda, Franz : Caprice (Etude) for violin in D major (No tempo), L. VI-16
>Kirnberger, Johann Philipp : Sonata for cello & continuo in C major
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Sonata for violin, cello & continuo in A major, Op. 9/1, WKO 86
>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Sonata for cello in C major, GraunWV B
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Notes & Reviews:

Today, the five-string cello (an extra string tuned to "E", a fifth above the "A" string) is treated as an exotic and rarely-played cousin of the standard cello. Its concert halls appearances are usually limited to serving particular obbligato cantata movements of J.S. Bach, and to "historically informed" renditions of Bach's famous Sixth unaccompanied cello suite (BWV 1012). 'Berlin Sonatas' presents cellist Elinor Frey and Lorenzo Ghielmi at the fortepiano in a recital of 18th c. chamber pieces that reveals the greater possibilities and benefits the use of the five-string cello holds for today's cellists. Fascinated with the cello's origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. La voce del violoncello, her debut Passacaille release, was praised for its "careful scholarship and brilliant layering of moods and tempos" (Toronto Star) and for the "honest, reflective beauty of her music making" (Strings).

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
This program gives us some of the most technically demanding cello pieces of the early classical period played on a five-stringed cello with a Silbermann fortepiano. There is a good deal of sonic variety since the Benda and Graun works are for solo cello and the CPE Bach is for keyboard alone. The result is entertaining and played with technical expertise. Playing this music on five strings makes the high-register moments easier. Frey is a polished player and makes it all work well. The recording is excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio (Italy) (09/15/2014-09/17/2014).



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Works Details

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Sonata for cello & continuo in G major, WKO 147
  • Performers: Elinor Frey (Cello); Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio (Italy) (09/15/2014-09/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: after 1783

>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Sonata for Cello and Keyboard in A major, HW 10 no 3
  • Performers: Elinor Frey (Cello); Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio (Italy) (09/15/2014-09/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1770

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in G major, H. 119, Wq. 62/19
  • Performers: Elinor Frey (Cello); Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio (Italy) (09/15/2014-09/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1757

>Benda, Franz : Caprice (Etude) for violin in D minor (Allegro moderato), L. VI-18
  • Performers: Elinor Frey (Cello); Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio (Italy) (09/15/2014-09/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Franz : Caprice (Etude) for violin in D major (No tempo), L. VI-16
  • Performers: Elinor Frey (Cello); Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio (Italy) (09/15/2014-09/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Kirnberger, Johann Philipp : Sonata for cello & continuo in C major
  • Performers: Elinor Frey (Cello); Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio (Italy) (09/15/2014-09/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1769

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Sonata for violin, cello & continuo in A major, Op. 9/1, WKO 86
  • Performers: Elinor Frey (Cello); Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano); Marc Vanscheeuwijk
  • Notes: Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio (Italy) (09/15/2014-09/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Graun, Carl Heinrich : Sonata for cello in C major, GraunWV B :: 17
  • Performer: Elinor Frey (Cello)
  • Notes: Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio (Italy) (09/15/2014-09/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical