Mendelssohn Cello Sonata No 2 in D

Felix Mendelssohn's Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58 was composed in June 1843. The work, which was dedicated to the Russian/Polish cellist Count Mateusz Wielhorski, has four movements: Allegro assai vivace Allegretto scherzando Adagio Molto allegro e vivace A typical performance lasts 25 minutes. Of particular interest is the Adagio, because it mirrors Mendelssohn's fascination with the music of J. S. Bach. (He was then musical director of the Gewandhaus concerts at Leipzig and, as such, Bach's distant successor.) The movement consists of a chorale in Bach's typical style, played by the piano in rich arpeggios. In between the phrases of the chorale, the cello plays recitative-like passages, which resemble the recitative of the Fantasia in the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903, and quotes its final passage. WIKIPEDIA

 VIDEO: Johannes Moser - cello Pavel Kolesnikov - piano Honones competition MENDELSSOHN Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in D major Op. 58 (p.1-2)

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