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

Composer(s)Saint-Saens, Camille
Artist(s) Kliegel, Maria, cello • Thiollier, Francois-Joel, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557880
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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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’

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SAINT-SAENS: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Cello Suite 1:17:31   
  Cello Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 32          
      I. Allegro 9:05       
      II. Andante tranquillo sostenuto 6:18       
      III. Allegro moderato 6:26       
  Suite in D minor, Op. 16          
      I. Prelude: Moderato assai 2:38       
      II. Serenade: Andantino 3:16       
      III. Scherzo: Allegro grazioso 4:40       
      IV. Romance: Adagio 7:00       
      V. Finale: Allegro con brio 5:40       
  Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 123          
      I. Maestoso, largamente - Tranquillo 10:14       
      II. Scherzo con variazioni: Allegro animato 8:28       
      III. Romanza: Poco adagio 7:13       
      IV. Allegro non troppo grazioso 6:33       
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