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Chopin: Cello Sonata; Introduction & Polonaise; Saint-Saens: Cello Sonata No. 2

Audio Samples

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in F major, Op. 123
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
>Chopin, Frédéric : Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in F major, Op. 123
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
>Chopin, Frédéric : Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3
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Notes & Reviews:

All Music Guide - Mike Brownell
The latter half of the 19th century produced relatively few chamber works featuring the cello. Among those that did emerge by prominent composers, many are neglected and underperformed on today's concert stages. Two such works are the Chopin G minor Sonata -- the venerable pianist's final published composition -- and Saint-Saëns' Second Sonata in F major. Both of these sonatas were the product of an unusually long and arduous compositional process for the two composers who frequently penned works quickly. The results, however, make all the revisions worthwhile. The Saint-Saëns sonata is a vibrant, overtly virtuosic piece that belies the septuagenarian's advancing years; the drama and tumult in Chopin's final years play out in the sometimes brooding G minor Sonata. In both cases, the writing for each instrument is highly idiomatic, and together they form well-balanced, dynamic chamber music partnerships. So, too, do cellist Jamie Walton and pianist Daniel Grimwood in this gripping Signum Classics album. Walton and Grimwood have produced several stunning discs together, and this one is no exception. Walton's precise, exacting technique makes way for his vigorous interpretations. The bravura with which he delivers the first movement of the Saint-Saëns sonata makes listeners wonder why the work is not performed more frequently. The answer: few can deliver in the way Walton can. Grimwood handles the scores from the two piano masters with equal ease and elegance. The give and take between the two musicians is seamless; balance issues never arise, not even in the sometimes densely scored Chopin. Absolutely a must-have disc, particularly for anyone unfamiliar with works on its program.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone, Monmouthshire (04/11/2010-04/12/2010).



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Works Details

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in F major, Op. 123
  • Performers: Daniel Grimwood (Piano); Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Notes: Wyastone, Monmouthshire (04/11/2010-04/12/2010)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
  • Performers: Daniel Grimwood (Piano); Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Notes: Wyastone, Monmouthshire (04/11/2010-04/12/2010)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1846

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3
  • Performers: Daniel Grimwood (Piano); Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Notes: Wyastone, Monmouthshire (04/11/2010-04/12/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829-1830