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MENDELSSOHN / The Complete Works for Cello & Piano

Mendelssohn, oeuvres pour violoncelle, Gar Hoffman, David Sellig

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Informations

- LDV 05

- Released on September 25th 2012

- 1 CD / 62'36

- Recorded in Paris on November 2011
 (Notre-Dame du Bon Secours Church)

- Recording and artistic direction:
François Eckert (Sonomaître)

- Editing: Alice Legros

- Cover: Jerome Reese

- Pictures : Bernard Martinez

 

Médias

- Strings

- The Strad

- BBC Music Magazine

- Fanfare

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A pleasure that Gary Hoffman and David Selig share : “Our rehearsals are not moments where we have decided in advance to work on this or that. We start with the music and our choices are made naturally, instinctively… I don’t ask myself questions, I just play”, says Gary Hoffman.

Having entered the Rostropovitch Competition, and needing a pianist to accompany him, Gary Hoffman met David Selig and they have since become close friends as well as collaborators. They share a passion for the underestimated genius of the German 19th Century composer Felix Mendelssohn. For Gary Hoffman, Mendelssohn is as great as Schumann, Bach, Beethoven and Mozart; his works are exquisitely written and physically demanding; his vision poetic, ample and modern.

To repair the injustice of Mendelssohn’s current reputation with musicians as a “minor” composer, Gary Hoffman and David Selig have recorded his complete works for cello and piano or the French label Dolce Volta. In order to do justice to Mendelssohn, the perfectly constructed balance of the pieces and the interplay between the two instruments, it was necessary to unite two close friends, working together in perfect harmony.


Furthermore, Gary Hoffman plays a 1662 Nicola Amati cello, formerly in the possession of Count Mathieu Wielhorski, a friend of Mendelssohn’s to whom the composer dedicated his Sonata op.58.


 

Table of contents

Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58

1Allegro assai vivace

2Allegretto scherzando

3Adagio

4Molto allegro e vivace

5Variations concertantes, for cello and piano, Op 17

6Albumblatt

6Lied Ohne Worte for Cello and Piano in D major, Op109
Cello Sonata No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 45

8Allegro vivace

8Andante

8Allegro assai

23'59

7'37

5'08

4'39

6'35

8'16

1'55

4'05

 23'53

11'59

5'56

5'57