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LÉVY, F.E.: Cello Sonatas (Complete) (Ballantyne, Hiroko Sasaki)


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LÉVY, F.E.: Cello Sonatas (Complete) (Ballantyne, Hiroko Sasaki)

Frank Ezra Lévy trained as a cellist at the Juilliard School, but despite a long professional career as a performer the cello has not dominated his prolific work as a composer. The five Cello Sonatas span a period of 32 years, the last written especially for this recording. Having inherited rhythmic flexibility and modal sensitivity from his father Ernst Lévy it is no surprise to hear these works reflecting a strong belief in the gravitational pull of tonality, the search for a tonal centre intensifying the expressive character of each sonata while at the same time communicating with striking clarity of form. Also performed by Scott Ballantyne, Lévy’s impressive Second Cello Concerto can be found on Naxos 8.559234.

Levy, Frank Ezra

  Cello Sonata No. 1
1.   I. Allegro agitato 00:04:28
2.   II. Vivace 00:03:20
3.   III. Molto adagio 00:02:50
4.   IV. Allegro molto 00:03:28
  Cello Sonata No. 2
5.   I. Molto moderato 00:05:03
6.   II. Leggiero 00:02:56
7.   III. Andantino 00:03:24
8.   IV. Allegro marcato 00:04:04
  Cello Sonata No. 3
9.   I. Adagio 00:03:54
10.   II. Presto 00:02:17
11.   III. Lento 00:03:34
12.   IV. Allegro 00:04:48
  Cello Sonata No. 4
13.   I. Moderato 00:05:13
14.   II. Lento 00:07:02
15.   III. Vivace 00:02:48
16.   IV. Allegro moderato 00:05:19
  Cello Sonata No. 5
17.   I. Adagio 00:08:40
18.   II. Allegretto 00:05:43

Total Playing Time: 01:18:51

Levy, Frank Ezra

Ballantyne, Scott; Sasaki, Hiroko

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 9.70195

Barcode: 730099719513

Distribution Note(s):

April 2014 digital release. Exclusively available for streaming and download. Not available on CD.



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