Mendelssohn & Chopin - Sonata for Cello and Piano - Janos Starker and Gyorgy Sebok
Mendelssohn & Chopin - Sonata for Cello and Piano - Janos Starker and Gyorgy Sebok
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Mendelssohn & Chopin - Sonata for Cello and Piano - Janos Starker and Gyorgy Sebok
Mendelssohn & Chopin - Sonata for Cello and Piano - Janos Starker and Gyorgy Sebok

Mendelssohn & Chopin - Sonata for Cello and Piano - Janos Starker and Gyorgy Sebok

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Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2, op. 58

Frédéric Chopin - Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 65

Janos Starker (vc) & György Sebök (p)

 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Mercury

ecording: July 1962 at Watford Town Hall, Watford, United Kingdom, by C. Robert Fine and Robert Eberenz

Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and Harold Lawrence

Originally released in 1963

Reissued in 2008

Tracks :

Side A : Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 58

1. Allegro Assai Vivace        7:34
2. Allegro Scherzando         4:50
3. Adagio                             4:52
4. Molto Allegro E Vivace

Side B : Frédéric Chopin: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 65

1. Allegro Moderato               9:44
2 .Scherzo: Allegro Can Brio   4:17
3. Largo                                   3:15
4 .Finale: Allegro                     5:57

Reviews :

A powerful broad theme, driven by nervous, throbbing chains of semiquavers (16th notes) in the piano and a vigorously bowed cello which sings out its melody with a bitter-sweet tone – if every chamber-music work began so invitingly as Mendelssohn’s D major Cello Sonata, then the number of fans of works for small ensemble would rapidly increase. The dedicatee Count Wielhorsky, an excellent amateur cellist, must surely have revelled in this closely-knit work with its waft of salon air. Although it is somewhat astonishing that Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata is left unmentioned in some music handbooks, this is soon forgotten when one listens to Janos Starker and György Sebök playing the work so resolutely and with such refreshing vitality.

Chopin’s Cello Sonata too undeservedly remains in the shadows thrown by his great piano concertos. Here again, the two musicians prove that they are a perfectly balanced team who complement one another admirably. Their lightning-swift interchanges between intimate, introvert expression and nervous passion, spiralling upwards to the cello’s most dramatic top register, are characteristic for the playing of this world-class virtuoso duo who here present a remarkable recording of two rarely performed masterpieces.

Ratings :

Discogs  4,60 / 5

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