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SAINT-SAENS: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Cello Suite


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Queen of the Cello – Maria Kliegel Interviewed by Jeremy Siepmann

SAINT-SAENS: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Cello Suite

Unlike his two Cello Concertos, performed by Maria Kliegel on Naxos 8.553039, Saint-Saëns’ Cello Sonatas are underrated works. The turbulent Cello Sonata No. 1, which makes full use of the lower registers of both cello and piano, reflects the composer’s sadness at the loss of a great-aunt and at the state of France following Napoleon III’s crushing defeat by Prussia at Sedan in 1870. Written more than 30 years later, the Cello Sonata No. 2 is a more ambitious and original work. ‘The Adagio will bring tears to your eyes,’ Saint-Saëns wrote to his publisher, Durand, while the last movement, propelled forward in the manner of a toccata, ‘...will wake anyone who’s slept through the rest of the piece’

Saint-Saëns, Camille

  Cello Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 32
1.   I. Allegro 00:09:05
2.   II. Andante tranquillo sostenuto 00:06:18
3.   III. Allegro moderato 00:06:26
  Suite in D Minor, Op. 16
4.   I. Prelude: Moderato assai 00:02:38
5.   II. Serenade: Andantino 00:03:16
6.   III. Scherzo: Allegro grazioso 00:04:40
7.   IV. Romance: Adagio 00:07:00
8.   V. Finale: Allegro con brio 00:05:40
  Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 123
9.   I. Maestoso, largamente - Tranquillo 00:10:14
10.   II. Scherzo con variazioni: Allegro animato 00:08:28
11.   III. Romanza: Poco adagio 00:07:13
12.   IV. Allegro non troppo grazioso 00:06:33

Total Playing Time: 01:17:31

Saint-Saëns, Camille

Kliegel, Maria; Thiollier, François-Joël

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.557880

Barcode: 747313288021

Physical Release: 01/2007

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