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The Solo Cello

> Cello Sonata, Op. 8 - I. Allegro maestro ma appassionato
> Cello Sonata, Op. 8 - II. Adagio (con grand' espressiono)
> Cello Sonata, Op. 8 - III. Allegro molto vivace
> Sonata-fantaziya - Sonata-fantaziya
> Yakamochi, Op. 193, No. 2 - I. Prelude: Adagio espressivo
> Yakamochi, Op. 193, No. 2 - II. Jhala: Allegro
> Yakamochi, Op. 193, No. 2 - III. Intermezzo: Allegro
> Yakamochi, Op. 193, No. 2 - IV. Tremolando Glissando: Andante
> Yakamochi, Op. 193, No. 2 - V. Requiem: Largo
> Cello Suite, Op. 48, "Cello Sonata No. 2" - I. Variations
> Cello Suite, Op. 48, "Cello Sonata No. 2" - II. Canzonetta
> Cello Suite, Op. 48, "Cello Sonata No. 2" - III. Minuet
> Cello Suite, Op. 48, "Cello Sonata No. 2" - IV. Scherzo Fugato
> Cello Suite, Op. 48, "Cello Sonata No. 2" - V. Study
> Cello Suite, Op. 48, "Cello Sonata No. 2" - VI. Arioso
> Cello Suite, Op. 48, "Cello Sonata No. 2" - VII. Presto Finale

Album Summary

>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Sonata for solo cello, Op. 8
>Khachaturian, Aram : Sonata-Fantasy, for cello solo in C major
>Hovhaness, Alan : Yakamochi, for cello, Op. 194/2
>Arnell, Richard : Suite for unaccompanied cello
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Australian-born cellist, Antony Cooke, began his musical studies at the age of six. The family soon moved to London when his father, Nelson Cooke, already internationally known, was appointed principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra. While in London, young Antony won many awards, including Gold Medals at the London Music Competition in 1966 and the 'Young Musicians' 73. As BBC soloist, he was featured frequently as recitalist, and as concerto soloist with such conductors as Colin Davis and Harry Blech. Subsequently, he was appointed principal cellist of the London Mozart Players, England's premier chamber orchestra at that time, thereby becoming the youngest principal cellist in the country.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium of Professional Musicians Local 47, Hollywoo (01/2009-04/2009).



Reviews

Landmark Recording!
This stunning recording is destined to become a classic. The sheer power of Cooke's playing, coupled with his incisive sound and technique not only redefines the monumental Kodaly Sonata, but declares some unknown or near unknown works as his own. The impression that strikes one at first is akin to a thunderstorm. I realized I was not alone in my impressions of this stunning recording, when on March 25 (2010), it was reviewed by Michael Barone for Minnesota Classical Public Radio. Barone's words: “Impassioned and exhilarating – the first movement from the three movement Sonata for Solo Cello, by Zoltan Kodaly. It’s one of the standards of the repertoire, and one of the challenges that any brave cellist ultimately must take. Antony Cooke survives the challenge.....brilliantly! His new album of other solo works by Khachaturian, Hovhaness, and Richard Arnell has been released by Centaur Records, though I dare say pride of place is this Kodaly Sonata.” This CD is bound to make waves.
Submitted on 04/18/10 by Peter Ripley 
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Works Details

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Sonata for solo cello, Op. 8
  • Performer: Antony Cooke (Cello)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Khachaturian, Aram : Sonata-Fantasy, for cello solo in C major
  • Performer: Antony Cooke (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Hovhaness, Alan : Yakamochi, for cello, Op. 194/2
  • Performer: Antony Cooke (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Arnell, Richard : Suite for unaccompanied cello
  • Performer: Antony Cooke (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960