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Kacper Nowak & Christia Hudziy

This recording traces the heritage of Romanticism in postmodern times. Its vintage opener is the first Cello Sonata by Brahms, a pinnacle of unspeakable but mind-controlled beauty. Martinů’s second Cello Sonata, written in American exile in 1941, revisits Brahms’s old world, but with wider tonality, more expressi- ve shifts, and the extra rhythmic pulse of Czech folk music. In Schnittke’s Cello Sonata of 1978, which builds on Shostakovich’s emaciated style, the ghosts of the desolate closing Largo usher in the death throes of Romanticism.

Tracklist

1 Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, H. 286 I. Allegro 06:35 2 Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, H. 286 II. Largo 06:51 3 Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, H. 286 III. Allegro comodo 04:59 4 Sonata for Piano and Cello in e minor, Op. 38 I. Allegro non troppo 14:27 5 Sonata for Piano and Cello in e minor, Op. 38 II. Allegretto quasi Menuetto 05:41 6 Sonata for Piano and Cello in e minor, Op. 38 III. Allegro 06:57 7 Sonata for Cello and Piano I. Largo 04:17 8 Sonata for Cello and Piano II. Presto 06:28 9 Sonata for Cello and Piano III. Largo 10:45