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Chopin, Rachmaninov, Faure, Mendelssohn: Cello Sonatas / Tortelier


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 74333   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinSergei RachmaninovGabriel FauréFelix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Aldo CiccoliniPaul TortelierEric HeidsieckMaria de la Pau
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The most striking feature is the almost telepathic unanimity which seems to exist between the partners with regard both to conception and execution: so much so that on occasions one tends almost to lose consciousness of the fact that two individual performers are playing.

Paul Tortelier's rich, romantic style and golden tone are ideal in an attractive coupling of the two cello sonatas by Rachmaninov and Chopin, both written in the key of G minor. Tortelier is given strong support by the pianist Aldo Ciccolini on a most welcome EMI reissue and the late-1960s sound is well balanced and full. -- Gramophone [6/1989, reviewing the Chopin and Rachmaninov]

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Read more most striking feature is the almost telepathic unanimity which seems to exist between the partners with regard both to conception and execution: so much so that on occasions one tends almost to lose consciousness of the fact that two individual performers are playing. In the first movement of the First Sonata, for example, the contrast between the dramatic pungency of the first subject and the cool but searching lyricism of the second is exemplarily drawn, with the result that, after the playing is done, the music remains in the mind as an unusually positive entity, complete and fulfilled in every respect. One can revel in artistry almost anywhere; the colours of the last movement glint and sparkle like those of the summer sea, though I am sure that here and in all such cases the warm, vibrantly sympathetic recording acoustic makes no little contribution.

-- Gramophone [3/1976, reviewing the Fauré]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
2. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
3. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 117 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Eric Heidsieck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
4. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in B flat major, Op. 45 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Maria de la Pau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
5. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Maria de la Pau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
6. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 109 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Eric Heidsieck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; France 

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