Emmanuelle Bertrand / Pascal Amoyel

Grieg: Cello Sonata, Op. 36; Lyric Pieces

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Grieg: Cello Sonata, Op. 36; Lyric Pieces Review

by James Leonard

As lovely a cello recital as you are likely to hear, this 2008 Harmonia Mundi disc by cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand and pianist Pascal Amoyel features Grieg's masterful Cello Sonata but fills out the disc with their own transcriptions of the same composer's Lyric Pieces. But because Bertrand and Amoyel have felt free to mix and match Lyric Pieces from the various published opuses, they can create fascinating juxtapositions between works. So, for example, the opening Arietta, Op. 12/1, can be followed by Erotik, Op. 43/5, and the closing Remembrances, Op. 71/7, can be preceded by Vanished days, while the dramatic half-hour-long Cello Sonata in A minor can be followed by the melancholy Intermezzo in A minor. Better yet are Bertrand and Amoyel's performances. As they have shown on their previous discs together -- a fetching Saint-Saëns recital and a romantic coupling of Strauss and Reger -- Bertrand and Amoyel have a wonderfully unified partnership and a wholly sympathetic ensemble. Bertrand herself has a rich, intense tone with a huge range of colors and nuances while Amoyel is a full partner with a powerful but subtle technique and an unfailing feeling for rhythm. Together, they've created a first-rate disc that will please cello fans and Grieg fans. Harmonia Mundi's digital sound is clear, warm, and detailed.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 01:21 Amazon
2 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 03:05 Amazon
3 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 06:21 Amazon
4 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 03:15 Amazon
5 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 03:13 Amazon
Sonata for cello & piano in A minor, Op. 36
6 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 10:19 Amazon
7 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 06:38 Amazon
8 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 11:38 Amazon
9 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 02:57 Amazon
10 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 01:40 Amazon
11 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 03:20 Amazon
12 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 04:38 Amazon
13 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 03:26 Amazon
14 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 03:55 Amazon
15 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 07:11 Amazon
16 Pascal Amoyel / Emmanuelle Bertrand 01:53 Amazon
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