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Mendelssohn, Chopin, Strauss: Cello Sonatas / Piatigorsky, Pennario, Firkunsny

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
>Strauss, Richard : Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 6
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Notes & Reviews:

Recorded between 1966 and 1968, Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976) delivers firmly shaped readings of three cello sonatas, vividly transferred from original RCA Victor masters. Felix Mendelssohn had his brother Paul in mind for his 'Sonata No. 2, Op. 58', although he dedicated it to the Russian amateur player and music patron Prince Mateusz Wielhorski. Frederic Chopin composed the 'Sonata Op. 65' - his final large-scale creation - for the cello virtuoso Auguste Franchomme and the two gave its premiere in 1847. Richard Strauss' 'Sonata Op. 6' is a youthful work, dating from 1883. The Czech cellist Hanus Wihan accepted Strauss' dedication and gave the first performance with the composer.



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58
  • Performers: Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello); Leonard Pennario (Piano)
  • Notes: American Legion Hall, Hollywood, CA (11/15/1965-11/19/1965)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 06/1843

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
  • Performers: Rudolf Firkusny (Piano); Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
  • Notes: RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA (07/21/1965-07/22/1965)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1846

>Strauss, Richard : Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 6
  • Performers: Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello); Leonard Pennario (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880-1883