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Cello Music from Proust’s Salons

Catalogue numberBIS-2522 SACD
Release date2021-02-05
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time83:17

With this programme of music for cello and piano, Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih transport us to the world immortalized in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu – the Parisian high society and its glittering salons. For the composers of the time these provided a perfect platform for the introduction of new works, performed by the finest musicians in France for a sympathetic, educated and rich (!) audience. And for the music-loving Proust they offered countless opportunities to meet the composers that he so admired (and others that he may have admired a bit less…)

The first of these to make his appearance in the programme is no one less than Proust’s one-time lover and lifelong friend, Reynaldo Hahn, with a brief set of Variations chantantes on a theme from a baroque opera. He is followed by Gabriel Fauré, whose music Proust gushed about in a letter to the composer: ‘I could write a book more than 300 pages long about it.’ Proust was less expansive about Saint-Saëns’ music even if he admired him as a pianist, but the composer’s First Cello Sonata is nevertheless the centrepiece of the programme, before Henri Duparc and Augusta Holmès make their appearance. These were both students of César Franck, whose iconic Violin Sonata in A major (here in the version for cello) closes this programme of ‘salon music’ – in the best possible sense of the term.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Hahn, Reynaldo
01 Variations chantantes sur un air ancien 04:54 $ 1.23 USD
  Composer: Fauré, Gabriel
02 Romance, Op. 69 03:41 $ 0.90 USD
03 Élégie, Op. 24  06:51 $ 1.67 USD
  Composer: Saint-Saëns, Camille
  Cello Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 32 19:43
04 I. Allegro 08:58 $ 2.18 USD
05 II. Andante tranquillo e sostenuto 05:09 $ 1.25 USD
06 III. Allegro moderato 05:36 $ 1.38 USD
07 Allegro quasi presto (original finale of Cello Sonata
No. 1)
08:49 $ 2.17 USD
  Composer: Duparc, Henri
08 II. Lamento, from Cello Sonata in A minor 01:55 $ 0.50 USD
  Composer: Holmes, Augusta
09 Récitatif et Chant, from ‘La Vision de la Reine’ (arr.
S. Isserlis)
07:21 $ 1.80 USD
  Composer: Franck, César
  Sonata in A major (arr. Jules Delsart) 28:14
10 I. Allegretto ben moderato 06:31 $ 1.58 USD
11 II. Allegro 07:53 $ 1.90 USD
12 III. Recitativo-Fantasia. Ben moderato 07:51 $ 1.89 USD
13 IV. Allegretto poco mosso 05:59 $ 1.51 USD
  Album total 83:17
CelloIsserlis, Steven
PianoShih, Connie
ComposerDuparc, Henri
Fauré, Gabriel
Franck, César
Hahn, Reynaldo
Holmes, Augusta
Saint-Saëns, Camille
ArrangerDelsart, Jules
Isserlis, Steven

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