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GEN 89133 23.1.2009
18.90 €

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)  
Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)  
Sonata for Cello and Piano in B major, Op. 45
Allegro vivace
Andante
Allegro assai
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)  
Albumblatt
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)  
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 58
Allegro assai vivace
Allegretto scherzando
Adagio
Molto allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)  
Romance sans paroles in D major, Op. 109
   

Duo Arp Frantz


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Complete Works for Cello and Piano

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The chamber duo partners Julian Arp (cello) and Caspar Frantz (piano) have released a disc of quintessentially Romantic repertoire, presenting the complete works for cello and piano by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. For this alone they deserve praise and acknowledgement. The famous D major Song without Words and the joyous First Sonata in the same key, though frequently performed by famous cellists in recital, is rarely played with such intensity and quite so much youthful vitality as in this recording! Its counterpart, the Second Sonata in B-flat major, is rarely performed, as is also true for the Variations concertantes and Albumblatt. The chamber duo tirelessly retrace the intricately branching latticework of Mendelssohnís world of feeling and the brooding emotion and lambent warmth of his unmistakable tonal language. The glowing light of this Romantic repertoire is sure to lift your spirits!

"The Duo Arp/Frantz has a first-class understanding of the expressive nuances in Mendelssohnís music ... To blend restlessness with lyricism and still float over everything with a classicist brightness Ė that is the hallmark of this ensemble." (Ensemble, 2/2009)

"... the Duo Arp Frantz plays the works for cello and piano in all their flowing magnificence ..." (KulturSPIEGEL 3/2009)

"... A recording that makes one yearn for more of Mendelssohnís chamber music ..." (Arte Kultur 4/2009)

"The still young Mendelssohn year can surely note one of its first climaxes with this CD of Julian Arp and Caspar Frantz ... one must flood the market with such care and seriousness ... (Klassik.com, online)