About the album
“For quite some years we have been intensively engaged with this work, having often played it in concerts, and each time discovering something new,” Anastasia Feruleva and Frank van de Laar explain. “We would like to champion this sonata because we consider it a unique masterpiece of the 20th century cello literature. Unfortunately, it has been neglected in concert halls to this day, most probably because of the complex score and the enormous demands on ensemble playing. However, this music is so incredibly rich and deserves to be performed. We have put great thought into how this work could be combined with other repertoire to create a meaningful programme.” The final concept of the programme unites parallels and contrasts while also creating a concise narrative. This common thread is the retrospective, nostalgic but by no means backward in approach, through which early modernism treads new, independent paths. Essentially, this marks the new “Esprit du temps”. In the Second Cello Sonata of 1935, this retrospective appears not only in the simple personal sense, as evident through Enescu’s use of folk elements from his Romanian homeland in the rondo-like last movement, as well as in the Andante Cantabile. It goes beyond this, with the four-movement work following the classical form.
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