French Cello Sonatas, Lalo, Koechlin & Pierné, Vol. 1 Marina Tarasova & Ivan Sokolov

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Interpret: Marina Tarasova & Ivan Sokolov

Komponist: Edouard Lalo (1823-1892), Charles Koechlin (1867-1950), Gabriel Pierne (1863-1937)

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  • Édouard Lalo (1823 - 1892): Cello Sonata in A Minor:
  • 1Lalo: Cello Sonata in A Minor: I. Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato08:47
  • 2Lalo: Cello Sonata in A Minor: II. Andante05:56
  • 3Lalo: Cello Sonata in A Minor: III. Allegro06:50
  • Charles Koechlin (1867 - 1950): Cello Sonata, Op. 66:
  • 4Koechlin: Cello Sonata, Op. 66: I. Très modéré03:58
  • 5Koechlin: Cello Sonata, Op. 66: II. Très calme (Andante quasi Adagio)03:26
  • 6Koechlin: Cello Sonata, Op. 66: III. Final. Allegro non troppo08:28
  • Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937): Sonata en une partie in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 46:
  • 7Pierné: Sonata en une partie in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 4624:42
  • Total Runtime01:02:07

Info zu French Cello Sonatas, Lalo, Koechlin & Pierné, Vol. 1

Born in Lille, Édouard Lalo (1823–1892) studied the violin before leaving home for good, against his father’s will, to enter the Paris Conservatoire. Having graduated without family support, he began to make a living in the capital as an orchestral violinist and violist and as a member of the Quatuor Armingaud (from 1855), one of many such ensembles which sprang up within a culture of chamber music that was then supported by the foundation of the Société nationale de musique. Lalo’s Cello Sonata in A minor is relatively unknown, despite its obvious beauty and clear Schumannesque qualities. As a second violinist and violist in the Armingaud he knew his way around the inner parts of much Classical and early Romantic repertoire, and this sonata benefits from such familiarity, with its bold, concertante writing for the solo instrument sometimes relegating the pianist to the status of an orchestral accompanist. The rhythmic complexity of this sonata is central: for instance, the juxtaposition of triplets with semiquavers to evoke a fluid but irregular movement, foreshadowing similar motion in the cello writing of later sonatas by Brahms, Franck and Rachmaninoff.

Charles Koechlin (1867–1950) studied composition at the Paris Conservatoire with Jules Massenet and Fauré. He moonlighted as a critic, but also produced much more substantial and influential treatises on theory, harmony and instrumentation, culminating in the monumental Traité de l’orchestration. He composed frequently, producing a huge opus of well over 200 works, and in a fluent style distinguished above all by its melodic invention, with supple and eloquent melodic themes. In that regard, the spirit of Fauré is never far away in the Cello Sonata Op.66 – allusive, imbued with a retrospective spirit which unfolds into a kind of accompanied recitative, quintessentially cellistic. Koechlin wrote the Sonata in October 1917 in a flurry of chamber-music activity, while Europe was enveloped in carnage. In the searching Andante quasi Adagio there is a contrapuntal sophistication at work which never draws attention to itself, with chords and melodic lines crossing in distinct, unpredictable patterns.

Gabriel Pierné (1863–1937), also an alumnus of the Paris Conservatoire, was a successful musician and won the coveted Prix de Rome in 1882. Pierné became one of the most influential musicians in Paris, more at the time through his conducting than his composing. He introduced audiences at the Concerts Colonne to countless premieres of lasting significance (among them Debussy’s Ibéria, Images and Jeux, Ravel’s Une barque sur l’océan, Tzigane and the first suite from Daphnis et Chloé) and was one of the principal conductors for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, conducting the world premiere of Stravinsky’s Firebird. Pierné’s single-movement Cello Sonata in F sharp minor is in a cyclical form, following the example of Franck and Liszt. Each section reaches a foreshortened climax, delaying resolution until the inevitable return of the opening recitative, now in more impassioned form, before this too tails off in a sequence of expiring arabesques.

Marina Tarasova, cello
Ivan Sokolov, piano

Marina Tarasova
has been one of the most renowned Russian cellists; a winner of international competitions in Prague, Florence and Paris and a laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Having performed on the concert platform since the age of 16, she has many top-selling discs of concertos by Myaskovsky, Kabalevsky, Davidoff, Khachaturian, as well as collections by Rachmaninov and Cassado (all on ALTO), and newer ones on Northern Flowers of Weinberg (three discs), and Davidoff, plus Sonatas by Shostakovich, Khachaturian and Tcherepnin, as well as a recent release of Bach’s suites for Solo Cello on the Divine Art label.

Her repertoire includes works by Russian and Western European composers from the 17th to the 20th century. She is among the first to have played works by modern Russian composers such as Andrei Eshpai, Boris Tchaikovsky, Kirill Volkov, Shirvani Chalaev and Oleg Galahov. She has performed with many prominent musicians including Yuri Bashmet, Edward Grach, FrankImmo Zichner, Pascal Devoyon and Christian Ivaldi, and with, among others, the conductors Mariss Jansons, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kurt Masur, and Mikhail Pletnev.

Since 2005 she has been the President and a solo cellist of the charity foundation known as the International Classical Music Salon of Marina Tarasova and Alexander Polezhaev and is also the director of Santa, an organisation for the rescue of stray animals. In 2006, she promoted 120 concerts for the charity foundation Stars of Russia and Europe and in 2007, 80 more concerts (including international festivals) and, the following year, 110 concerts of Russian music across Turkey and in Moscow. In 2009, she organised 90 concerts in Russian cities, in memory of victims of terrorism and, in 2010, more charity concerts to help protect stray animals and the environment. In August 1995, Marina Tarasova was awarded the honorary title ‘Meritorious Artist of the Russian Federation’ and, in 2004, the charity Benefactors of the Century made her a member of the order The Patrons of the Century. In 2007, this same fund awarded her the Patron’s Golden Certificate. Also in 2007, she was awarded the Order for the Revitalisation of Traditions of Charity and Patronage. Also solo cellist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, Marina Tarasova graduated from the Moscow State Conservatoire in 1984 in the cello class of Alexander Fedorchenko and Professor Natalia Shahovskaya. She was the prize winner at international competitions in Prague, Florence and in Moscow and she also won a Grand Prix in Paris.

“Marina Tarasova symbolises new thinking both in classical and modern music. The thinking is often unusual, at times paradoxical but always convincing. When Marina Tarasova is on stage, the audience is never indifferent. She has a unique performing style which comprises the best traditions of the Russian cello school and her own bright personality – a bursting temperament and the tendency to explore the human soul. Marina Tarasova’s intricate and deep feeling of the wide emotional fabric of music helps her to accurately and strongly convey her sentiments to audiences.

“Critics have noted her extremely beautiful sound ... There seem to be no technical difficulties for her. Today Marina Tarasova occupies a position amongst the elite of world performers. She continues to visit many countries with great success. Yet the prizes in competitions are not the main thing in Marina’s creative life. Rather, this is a continuous drive for perfection and the possibility to realise her own talent fully, along with mutually enriching contact with her audience, which she cherishes the most.” (Le Figaro, France)

Ivan Sokolov
a Russian pianist, composer, and educator, has established himself as a leading figure of the Russian music scene for over three decades. An insightful interpreter and dazzling performer of baroque, classical, and romantic repertoire, Sokolov is also an internationally acclaimed champion of new music and rarely heard works. His close collaborations with composers such as E. Denisov, S. Gubaidulina, N. Sidelnikov, A. Schnittke, G. Ustvolskaya, V. Silvestrov, A. Vustin, N. Korndorf, A. Raskatov, etc. have resulted in Sokolov’s numerous world premieres of their works, as well as in other major projects (e.g., recording the complete Piano Sonatas and Preludes by Ustvolskaya under the Triton label).

Sokolov is widely recognized as a groundbreaking artist who introduced Russian audiences to the Western European and American avant-garde composers K. Stockhausen, P. Boulez, G. Crumb, J. Cage, M. Feldman, etc. Furthermore, he was among the founders and major performers at the famous Alternativa new music festival held in Moscow at the start of the perestroika. Now, he regularly appears in other festivals including Moscow Autumn, December Nights, A. Sakharov International Art Festival, International Diaghilev Festival (Russia), Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Frankfurter Feste (Germany), Luezerner Festwoche (Switzerland), and Icebreaker (USA).

Sokolov has performed with distinguished artists such as pianists Martha Argerich and Alexei Lubimov, violinists Tatiana Grindenko, Daniel Hope, and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, cellists Natalya Gutman and Alexander Ivashkin, and conductors Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Alexander Lazarev, and Andrey Boreyko. He graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where his primary teachers were Lev Naumov (piano) and Nikolai Sidelnikov (composition).

Ivan Sokolov’s own music is performed in Russia and beyond. Possessing a striking ability to compose in different styles, he constantly searches for a unique stylistic approach that reveals the deepest semantic level of music. He has written one opera, two instrumental theater pieces, more than twenty chamber music works, over ten pieces for the percussion ensemble, about two hundred songs, and music for choir, vocal ensembles, piano, and other solo instruments.

As an educator, Ivan Sokolov is a faculty member of the Russian Gnesins Academy of Music and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. There he teaches a highly demanded course called Study of Musical Content, which is closely linked with his own intensive compositional work. Moreover, he teaches 20th and 21st century piano music at the Department of Historic and Contemporary Performance.

Ivan is a regular guest at the Moscow Radio broadcast programs. He has a number of music research publications.

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