Cello Sonatas of Thuille, Tovey and Dohnányi
American cellist Marcy Rosen presents a fascinating recital of three turn of the century works for cello. Ludwig Thuille's sonata was published in 1902 and show's Wagnerian influences alongside contrapuntal mastery. The work's three movements are linked thematically with the writing for both instruments being extremely effective. Sir Donald Francis Tovey's Sonata for Two Cellos was composed in 1912, while Tovey was visiting at Pablo Casals' summer home. Casals called Tovy "one of the greatest musicians of all time" and this Brahmsian score is both inspired and beautifully composed. Dohnányi began the writing of his Op. 8 in 1899. It contains an ardent first movement, a gorgeous slow movement, a sparkling scherzo, and an ingenuous set of variations for its finale.
“These three women play lovely chamber music together, warmly musical and warmly recorded. Altogether, an effective presentation of unfamiliar but valuable music.” - American Record Guide
“Not only are the performances uniformly excellent but the perfection of the instrumental balance and the vividness of the recording are quite exceptional.” - International Record Review
“Marcy Rosen and Lydia Artymiw turn in powerful accounts of the two cello-piano sonatas, and Frances Rowell is an accomplished partner to Rosen in Tovey’s two-cello sonata. Strongly recommended.” - Fanfare
Ludwig Thuille: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 22
Marcy Rosen, cello; Lydia Artymiw, piano
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