Chopin & Mendelssohn: Cello Sonatas / Pieter Wispelwey, cello; Paolo Giacometti, piano

Audio Samples

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 64
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 64
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
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Notes & Reviews:

Pieter Wispelwey partners for a second time with Paolo Giacometti, this time in a program of Chopin and Mendelssohn. But there is another great musical figure on this disc - the cellist and composer Karl Davidoff, who studied with Moscheles and Mendelssohn's violinist and composer friend Ferdinand David. Davidoff 's brilliant arrangements of the Chopin Waltzes of Op. 64 form a sparkling interlude between Mendelssohn's brilliant second cello sonata, and Chopin's late and great sonata for cello and piano.

"It's the two sonatas that show them both at their best - the Mendelssohn is dashingly well played, set out off like a rocket in the opening movement and only pausing for breath in the third-movement Adagio, while in the Chopin it's Giacometti who frequently takes the lead, though the interweaving of cello and piano is beautifully engineered by both players." -The Guardian

"[Giacometti] and Pieter Wispelwey give Mendelssohn's D major Cello Sonata Op 58 with fluency and panache. Between that sonata and an eloquently voiced one of Chopin's in G minor, Wispelwey shows his mettle in some Chopin waltz arrangements." -The Daily Telegraph

"That Paolo Giacometti has opted for a twangy fortepiano of the period may not add to the beauty of the performance but it makes for a better balance between the instruments than if a modern Steinway was used. It also allows for the pianist to articulate perfectly in really fast speeds. The clarity and precision are also remarkable." -Gramophone

The Guardian
It's the two sonatas that show them both at their best - the Mendelssohn is dashingly well played, set out off like a rocket in the opening movement and only pausing for breath in the third-movement Adagio, while in the Chopin it's Giacometti who frequently takes the lead, though the interweaving of cello and piano is beautifully engineered by both players.

The Telegraph
[Giacometti] and Pieter Wispelwey give Mendelssohn's D major Cello Sonata Op 58 with fluency and panache. Between that sonata and an eloquently voiced one of Chopin's in G minor, Wispelwey shows his mettle in some Chopin waltz arrangements.

Gramophone Magazine
That Paolo Giacometti has opted for a twangy fortepiano of the period may not add to the beauty of the performance but it makes for a better balance between the instruments than if a modern Steinway was used. It also allows for the pianist to articulate perfectly in really fast speeds. The clarity and precision are also remarkable.

BBC Music Magazine
[The Mendelssohn is] a wonderfully uplifting outburst of high spirits, generously and elegantly formed. Wispelwey always brings such a range of texture to his articulation and such airy luminescence to lyric passages that he is a well-nigh ideal exponent, matched by the ultra-sensitive Paolo Giacometti.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands (01/10/2011-01/12/2011).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58
  • Performers: Paolo Giacometti (Piano); Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Notes: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands (01/10/2011-01/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 06/1843

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109
  • Performers: Paolo Giacometti (Piano); Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Notes: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands (01/10/2011-01/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 10/1845

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 64
  • Performers: Paolo Giacometti (Piano); Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Notes: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands (01/10/2011-01/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1846-1847

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
  • Performers: Paolo Giacometti (Piano); Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Notes: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands (01/10/2011-01/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1846