Italian Cello Sonatas

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Italian Violin Sonatas (2003)  Music

Posted by ArlegZ at March 11, 2011
Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Italian Violin Sonatas (2003)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Italian Violin Sonatas (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 384 Mb | Total time: 70:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45588 2 | Recorded: 2002

One tends to associate the virtuoso violin repertoire with the 19th century, but in their own way these five sonatas, written between 1714 and 1743, offer an equally dazzling display of speed, facility, bow control and tonal variety. No wonder: the composers were among the foremost violin virtuosos of their time, as well as tireless innovators of technique and style; several even wrote treatises on violin playing. The earliest, and least familiar, is Michele Mascitti, a Neapolitan who moved to Paris when he was 30. His "Psyché," the program's only piece in a major key, is a divertissement in ten short "tableaux" on the theme of Cupid and Psyche, with the violin and continuo as the two protagonists. Refined and elegant, varied in texture, expression and character, it ranges from tender love songs to slow and fast dances, including a wild Badinage. Veracini's Sonata Op. 1 No. 1, a dance suite with an unusually active cello part, opens with a slow Overture and ends with a Giga del Postiglione, in which the violin imitates a posthorn's call. The other three sonatas are basically dramatic and melancholy, highly ornamented, full of double stops, running passages and cadenzas. Locatelli's is distinguished by a very elaborate keyboard part and a lot of spiky syncopation in the finale. Geminiani makes the violin sound quite luscious, almost romantic; his rhythms and phrases are startlingly irregular. He shares the exploration of the high register with Tartini, whose Sonata displays his incomparable melodic gift and trademark obsession with trills. The performances are beyond praise. Biondi, one of the deservedly most renowned baroque violinists, plays with enormous brilliance, expressiveness, and endlessly varied articulation and nuance; there is a sense of spontaneous exhilaration in his inventive, improvisatory ornamentation: he seems to be playing with the music and the violin. His partners, some manning several instruments, match him in every way.
-Edith Eisler
Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 and Variations (2002)

Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 and Variations (2002)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 02:18:00 | 334 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

A case of deja entendu here, since I reviewed these performances when they originally came out. I enjoyed them then and still do, for both artists offer wit, affection and agility. One can at times think the sheer force and passion of Martha Argerich's personality a bit too obvious, not least in the C major Sonata, where Maisky characteristically sounds smoother and more persuasive.
Emmanuelle Bertrand - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 - Cello Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Emmanuelle Bertrand - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 - Cello Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:49 minutes | 1.15 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

"That’s it done at last, this blasted sonata! Will it please or not? That is the question." So wrote Saint-Saëns, not without humour, of his second ‘quadruped’ for cello and piano. He adored the cello, as is shown by much more than the famous 'Swan'. He wrote three sonatas for it, but unfortunately the last two movements of the Third Sonata have been lost and what is left survives only in manuscript. Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel play it here with emotion and total respect. The Concerto also included here is today one of the ‘musts’ of the concertante repertory for cello.
Christophe Coin, Christopher Hogwood - Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Sonatas (1989)

Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Sonatas (1989)
Christophe Coin, cello; Christopher Hogwood, harpsichord

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 305 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans ~ 48 Mb
Classical, Baroque | Label: Decca, L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 421 060-2 | 01:11:50

Nine cello sonatas by Vivaldi have survived. Six of them were published as a set in Paris in about 1740; that set, mistakenly known as the composer's Op. 14, contains the sonatas recorded in this release. The three remaining sonatas come from manuscript collections. All but one of the six works are cast in the slow-fast-slow-fast pattern of movements of the sonata da chiesa. The odd one out, RV46, in fact, retains the four movement sequence but inclines towards the sonata da camera in the use of dance titles. The music of these sonatas is almost consistently interesting, often reaching high points of expressive eloquence, as we find, for example, in the justifiably popular Sonata in E minor, RV40. Christophe Coin brings to life these details in the music with technical assurance and a spirit evidently responsive to its poetic content. Particularly affecting instances of this occur in the third movements of the A minor and the E minor Sonatas where Coin shapes each phrase, lovingly achieving at the same time a beautifully sustained cantabile.
Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (2014)

Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (2014)
MP3 320 kbps | 02:38:55 min | Covers included | 365 mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Hyperion

On this recording, Steven Isserlis, together with his regular collaborator, fortepianist Robert Levin, presents a magisterial compendium of Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano, including Beethoven's arrangement of his Horn Sonata. The use of the fortepiano opens up a wealth of sonic possibilities for these works.
Emmanuelle Bertrand - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 - Cello Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2017)

Emmanuelle Bertrand - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 - Cello Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log, m3u, digital booklet - 245 MB | 01:06:50
Classical | Label: harmonia mundi

The French cellist-star Emmanuelle Bertrand (who seems to have forgotten a little something on the cover photo of the album …) embarks here in an exploration of several masterpieces of Saint-Saëns, one of the French composers who most enriched the repertoire of the instrument with two concertos, two other concert works, two completed sonatas and some other isolated works. His first Concerto, given here with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, dates from 1872 - the first creative period, still marked by Schumann or Mendelssohn, even though in the harmonic and orchestral limpidity "à la française" of which Saint-Saëns Would always be the defender.
Luca Magariello & Cecilia Novarino - Myaskovsky: Cello Sonatas (2017)

Luca Magariello & Cecilia Novarino - Myaskovsky: Cello Sonatas
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 46:58 min | 174 MB
Label: Brilliant Classics | Tracks: 05 | Rls.date: 2017

Along with sonatas by Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, the Second Sonata Op.81 is a repertoire work for cellists, Russian or otherwise, for its vein of melancholy Romanticism that is yet not so dark and introverted as most of the 27 symphonies for which Myaskovsky is best known. Meanwhile the First Sonata has been almost entirely neglected, even by performers so committed to the promotion of their musical heritage as Rostropovich, Gutman and Geringas.
Brian Thornton & Spencer Myer - Brahms: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 (2017)

Brian Thornton & Spencer Myer - Brahms: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 55:24 min | 250 MB
Label: Steinway and Sons | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 2017

Brian Thornton, acclaimed cello soloist and distinguished member of the Cleveland Orchestra, collaborates with Steinway Artist Spencer Myer on a fabulous new recording of the great Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Johannes Brahms. Brian Thornton is a musician of many interests. As a cellist and a conductor he has performed in hundreds of venues across the globe, from The White House in Washington DC to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.
Marco Ceccato, Accademia Ottoboni - Vivaldi: Cello Sonatas (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Marco Ceccato, Accademia Ottoboni - Vivaldi: Cello Sonatas (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 74:57 minutes | 1.26 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Vivaldi’s Opus 14 Sonatas are part of the cello’s ‘great repertoire and also some of the works from the last years of the ‘Red Priest’. Quite simply – and regardless of Igor Stravinsky’s curiously rash judgement regarding Vivaldi’s work –, these sonatas are splendid, making this instrument sound as only a composer who is an experienced virtuoso instrumentalist himself – in this case, a violinist – can do.
Jaroslaw Thiel & Katarzyna Drogosz - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas, Op. 5 & Variations, WoO 45 (2017)

Jaroslaw Thiel & Katarzyna Drogosz - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas, Op. 5 & Variations, WoO 45
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 58:16 min | 133 MB
Label: CD Accord | Tracks: 05 | Rls.date: 2017

Ludwig van Beethoven’s chamber works are doubtless among the most important achievements in music history. What is really mind boggling is the fact that in Polish phonography we come across very few recordings devoted to this repertoire and produced by Polish artists. The album of Beethoven Sonatas op. 5 featuring the cellist Jarosław Thiel and the pianist Katarzyna Drogosz tries to fill this gap.