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CHAN 10552 - Saint-Saens: Works for Cello and Piano
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Available From: 01 October 2009
Saint-Saens: Works for Cello and Piano

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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