Piatigorsky - Pennario - Sonatas for Cello and Piano Mendelssohn R. Strauss Classical

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Piatigorsky - Pennario - Sonatas for Cello and Piano - Mendelssohn - R. Strauss

Label: RCA
Cat#: SB 6785
RCA Red Seal Label
Stereo Vinyl LP
Record: VG++
Laminated Cover: VG+ VG++ ringwear, cornerwear

Cellist: Gregor Piatigorsky
Piano: Leonard Pennario

Side 1:

Mendelssohn: No. 2 in D, Op.58

First Movement: Allegro assai vivace
Second Movement: Allegretto scherzando
Third Movement: Adagio
Fourth Movement: Molto allegro e vivace

Side 2:

R. Strauss: In F, Op. 6

First movement: Allegro con brio
Second movement: Andante ma non troppo
Third movement: Finale: Allegro vivo

I have always found this Mendelssohn sonata great! I truly think it is one of his most charming works, revealing a same kind of quality as the "Italian symphony"; no wonder he is considered one of the greatest composers of the early 19th century and his influence was strong for example in the early works of R.Strauss (one of which- the Cello sonata- has been included on this disc). This sonata is musically and instrumentally powerful and has a true melodic appeal.

Like the "Italian Symphony", the first movement starts with a delightful and charming tune, the scherzo is exciting and the slow movement has a depth while the Finale returns to the sunny and melodiuos atmosphere of the first movement.

Finally, i thought it was nice to combine the earlier Mendelssohn sonata with the youthful Mendelssohn-inspired sonata by R.Strauss. The cello sonata, while in no way a mature work, is charming and inventive, and has many wonderful melodies.

It has been reported that the great violin pedagogue Ivan Galamian once described Piatigorsky as the greatest string player of all time. He was an extraordinarily dramatic player. His orientation as a performer was to convey the maximum expression embodied in a piece. He brought a great authenticity to his understanding of this expression. He was able to communicate this authenticity because he had had extensive personal and professional contact with many of the great composers of the day.

Many of those composers wrote pieces for him, including Sergei Prokofiev (Cello Concerto, Paul Hindemith (Cello Concerto), Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Cello Concerto, William Walton (Cello Concerto), Vernon Duke (Cello Concerto), and Igor Stravinsky
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