Instrumentalist - Piano
Faure: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2/ Elegies
Released: January 3, 2012
Catalog Num: CDA67872
Following their triumphant Casals Encores disc, Alban Gerhardt and Cecile Licad are reunited for Faurés music for cello and piano. The two cello sonatas are among the masterpieces of the cello repertoire, looking back to the 19th century but also with an edginess that may well reflect the time in which they were writtenduring and immediately after the First World War. Remarkably, Fauré was in his seventies by the time he wrote them. Theres some debate as to how fast the last movement of the First Sonata should go so Alban Gerhardt has recorded two alternative versions, to be programmed to the listeners taste. Alongside the sonatas are some of Faurés most seductive bon-bons, including the famous Sicilienne and Élégie, and the so-called Papillon (so-named at his publishers insistence, much to Faurés annoyance who hated fluffy titles).