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CHAN 10552

Saint-Saens: Works for Cello and Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2009

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2009


Christian Poltera


Kathryn Stott



Potton Hall Studio, Westleton, Suffolk


Ralph Couzens


Ralph Couzens

Jonathan Cooper


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Total Time - 64:24
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Sonata No. 1, Op. 32 (1872)

  in C minor - in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
  for cello and piano  
1 I Allegro 8:58
2 II Andante tranquillo sostenuto 5:12
3 III Allegro moderato 6:12

Sonata No. 2, Op. 123 (1905)

  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur  
  for cello and piano  
4 I Maestoso, largamente 9:10
5 II Scherzo con variazioni 8:55
  [Tema.] Allegro animato -  
  Variazione 1. Allegro animato -  
  Variazione 2. [ ] -  
  Variazione 3. Tranquille, sans lenteur -  
  Variazione 4. Molto allegro -  
  Variazione 5. Sempre allegro -  
  Variazione 6. Molto moderato e marcato -  
  Variazione 7. Poco allegretto (Tranquillo) -  
  Variazione 8. Presto  
6 III Romanza. Poco adagio - Agitato - Poco stringendo - A tempo adagio 7:56
7 IV Allegro non troppo, grazioso 6:50

Priere, Op. 158 (1919)

  in G major - in G-Dur - en sol majeur  
  for cello and organ  
  Arranged for cello and piano by the composer  

The Swan (1887)

  'Le Cygne' from Le Carnaval des animaux (1886)  
  for cello and piano  
  Andantino grazioso  

Romance, Op. 36 (1874)

  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur  
  for horn or cello and piano  
  Moderato - Un peu plus de mouvement - A tempo  

Saint-Saëns wrote a considerable amount of chamber pieces during his life, and his works for cello are seen as some of the most supreme for the cello repertoire.  

Christian Poltéra and Kathryn Stott, best known for her performances of French repertoire perform Saint-Saëns melodic cello Sonatas, coupled with the legendary ‘Swan’ from The Carnival of the Animals.  Romances Op.36 and Op.51 and Prière, Op.158 complete this programme.

Saint-Saens remains one of the most important composers for the cello, and his contributions are considerable.

Poltéra and Stott collaborate regularly in chamber music performances across the world and have recently recorded Faure Cello Sonatas for Chandos: ‘[Christian Poltéra]… is a fine choice of cellist for the two Sonatas.  He phrases sensitively and makes the most of the composer’s dynamic markings… Kathryn Stott’s an ideal partner, managing her pedalling levels to produce a variety of textures.’  BBC Music Magazine

’[Christian Poltéra]… is fine choice of cellist for the two Sonatas. He phrases sensitively and makes the most of the composer’s dynamic markings, articulating with unusual clarity the music’s structure. Kathryn Stott s an ideal partner, managing her pedalling levels to produce a variety of textures.’
BBC Music Magzine

“…these are very lovely, polished readings of these beautifully-written works. The recording is balanced with care and has Chandos’s fine rich sound.” “…This is as fine a performance of this material as may be heard today.”

David  W Moore


American Record Guide - March/April 2010

“…All in all this is an interesting exploration of Saint-Saens’ writing for cello.”  ****

Aliye Cornish   

Musical Opinion - March/April 2010

                                - Editor’s Choice -

“…Poltera and Stott are as one in playing some fleet, taxing passagework with fluency and power.”

 Geoffrey Norris

Gramophone - January 2010

“…there’s never a dull second in their [Poletéra/Stott] glittering account of the two sonatas and delicious miniatures including, of course, ‘The Swan’. Poltéra’s tone is luminous and Stott digs seep into the piano parts; they both sound as if they’re enjoying every moment of it."

Jessica Duchen

Classic FM Magazine - December 2009

“The unshowy Poltéra has a lovely sound, exquisite control and naturally expressive phrasing.”
“She [Stott] has a true grasp of the idiom, and the sheer energy and range of sound to illuminate these big works. The disc is completed with a gloriously limpid Swan, and two further salon delicacies.”

**** Performance/**** Recording  

Helen Wallace

BBC Music Magazine - December 2009

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