"This is an exhilarating pairing of sonatas from the 1840s, with cellist Pieter Wispelwey partnered by pianist Paolo Giacometti, who plays an Erard instrument made in 1837. The disc is also a tribute to the cellist and composer Karl Davydov, a pupil of Mendelssohn’s composer friends Moscheles and David, and as a prelude to the Chopin sonata , the duo include Davydov’s arrangements of Chopin’s three waltzes op Op64, which gives Wispelwey the opportunity to show off the nimbleness of his technique in the D flat major ’Minute’ waltz and his schmaltzy side in the second. But it’s the two sonatas that show them at their best - the Mendelssohn is dashingly well played, set out off like a rocket in the opening movement and only pausing for breath in the third movement Adagio., while in the Chopin it’s Giacometti who frequently takes the lead, though the interweaving of cello and piano is beautifully engineered by both players." ****
Andrew Clements - The Guardian - 16 September 2011
"A warm welcome…for this new issue...Wispelwey’s playing here is highly-skilled and adroit.”
International Record Review - November 2011
"This is an imaginative coupling of two cello sonatas from the 1840s, with Paolo Giacometti plying an 1837 Erard piano that is spot on for the repertoire. he and Pieter Wispelwey give Mendelssohn’s D major Cello Sonata op58 with fluency and panache. between that sonata and an equally eloquently voiced one of Chopin’s in G minor, Wispelwey shows his mettle in some Chopin waltz arrangements..." ****
Geoffrey Norris - The Daily Telegraph - 8 October 2011
Performance: Chopin ***/Mendelssohn **** Recording ****
"Wispelwey always brings such a range of texture to his articulation and such airy luminescence to lyrical passages that he is a well-nigh ideal exponent,matched by the ultra -sensitive Paolo Giacometti. He truly sings the famous Song without Words, and the waltzes are a miracle of filigree virtuosity - particularly a breathtaking Minute Waltz..."
Helen Wallace - BBC Music Magazine - December 2011
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