FELIX and FANNY MENDELSSOHN: Complete Works for Cello and Piano

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Released 11 December 2020

Joël Marosi cello
Esther Walker piano

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809–1847) • Fanny MENDELSSOHN (1805–1847)
Complete Works for Cello and Piano

Felix MENDELSSOHN
Cello Sonata No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 45
1. I. Allegro vivace
2. II. Andante in G minor
3. III. Allegro assai

4. Lied ohne Worte (Song Without Words) in D major, Op. 109
5. Assai tranquillo (Albumblatt) in B minor
6. Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17

Fanny MENDELSSOHN-HENSEL
7. Sonata o Fantasia in G minor
8. Capriccio in A flat major

Felix MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58
9. I. Allegro assai vivace
10. II. Allegretto scherzando
11. III. Adagio
12. IV. Molto allegro e vivace

Recording dates: 27 February–1 March 2020
Venue: Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Engineered, edited and mastered by Frédéric Angleraux (ADC Sound)
24bit, 44.1kHz hi-resolution recording and mastering

Press Quotes

“Both Joël Marosi and Esther Walker infuse these movements with a multitude of subtle expressive and dynamic shadings which bring the music to life at all times.” (Classical Music Sentinel)

CD of the Day (Radio France/Francemusique)

“They work together with greater thoughtfulness and, all in all, the result feels a bit superior to their direct competitors… This is worth your consideration for both the music and the lovely playing and recording” (American Record Guide)

I was not previously familiar with either of these musicians, but their performances are nigh on perfect in this music. Cellist Joël Marosi has a very full cello tone, and his playing is as good as it gets in this type of repertoire. Pianist Esther Walker is also magnificent. The partnership works like a finely oiled machine, breathing life into every phrase. The recording does them justice too, with an excellent balance of direct and hall sound with the expected slight emphasis for the cello. Highly recommended.(Fanfare Magazine)