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Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No.1 - Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3

Emmanuelle Bertrand, Pascal Amoyel, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, James Gaffigan

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Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33  
1
I. Allegro non troppo
Camille Saint-Saëns; Emmanuelle Bertrand; Luzerner Sinfonieorchester; James Gaffigan
5:40
2
II. Allegretto con moto
Camille Saint-Saëns; Emmanuelle Bertrand; Luzerner Sinfonieorchester; James Gaffigan
6:09
3
III. Molto allegro
Camille Saint-Saëns; Emmanuelle Bertrand; James Gaffigan; Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
7:48
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F Major, Op. 123  
4
I. Maestoso, largamente
Camille Saint-Saëns; Emmanuelle Bertrand; Pascal Amoyel
8:52
5
II. Scherzo con Variazioni. Allegro animato
Camille Saint-Saëns; Emmanuelle Bertrand; Pascal Amoyel
8:46
6
III. Romanza. Poco adagio - Agitato
Camille Saint-Saëns; Emmanuelle Bertrand; Pascal Amoyel
8:21
7
IV. Allegro non troppo grazioso
Camille Saint-Saëns; Emmanuelle Bertrand; Pascal Amoyel
6:48
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in D Major, Op. Posth (Unfinished)  
8
I. Allegro animato
Camille Saint-Saëns; Emmanuelle Bertrand; Pascal Amoyel
9:27
9
II. Andante sostenuto
Camille Saint-Saëns; Emmanuelle Bertrand; Pascal Amoyel
4:57
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    66:48
“This is simply a beautiful recording to listen to, the solo cello ideally balanced against both orchestra and piano in a warm, natural acoustic with clarity and presence. Emmanuelle Bertrand can hold her head high among the big names, engaging, characterful, with a rounded, burnished tone.”
- Gramophone

“Bertrand gives a passionate and convincing performance of the concerto, with excellent orchestral support. Bertrand and Amoyel are, as usual, as one voice in beautifully judged readings of the two sonatas. All of the usual outstanding Bertrand qualities – tone, phrasing, sensitivity and musical intelligence – are here in abundance.”
- The Whole Note

“[a] luscious and lyrical account of the concerto, with rich orchestral detail.”
- The Irish Times

Renowned French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand renews her celebrated collaboration with pianist Pascal Amoyel in this superb recording of works for cello by Saint-Saëns. In addition to the canonical favourite Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, conducted by James Gaffigan with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, this album also includes Saint-Saëns’s Cello Sonata No. 2 and boasts the premiere recording of the first two movements of the composer’s little-known Cello Sonata No. 3, making this a unique contribution to the recorded repertoire.
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