Sir Donald Tovey: Chamber Music, Volume Three: The Complete Cello Sonatas

Sir Donald Tovey (1875–1940), long hailed as one of the finest writers on music in English, saw himself primarily as a composer. His occasionally turbulent friendship with Pau Casals was the spur for a monumental concerto and one of his three cello sonatas: for solo cello, two cellos and cello with piano. The cello was the ideal instrument for Tovey’s Brahmsian musical language, with its long, singing lines unfolding in effortless counterpoint – though the huge passacaglia that ends the solo sonata also demands a virtuoso technique. The brief Bach arrangement recorded here for the first time arose when the twelve-year-old Tovey added a cello line to one of Bach’s best-known preludes, originally for lute.

Alice Neary, cello
Kate Gould, cello (Tracks 1–3)
Gretel Dowdeswell, piano (Tracks 4, 8–10)

Listen To This Recording:

    Sonata for Two Cellos in G major (1912)

  1. I Allegro
  2. II Andante maestoso e sostenuto
  3. J. S. Bach arr. Tovey (1887)*

  4. III Fuga. Allegretto giocoso
  5. Prelude in C minor, BWV999
  6. Sonata for Solo Cello in D major, Op. 30 (c. 1912)

  7. I Allegro con brio ma largamente
  8. II Allegretto, un poco agitato, ma sempre piano
  9. III Passacaglia
  10. Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 4 (1900)

  11. I Allegrissimo
  12. II Andante cantabile
  13. III Finale: Vivace giocoso ma non presto



Catalogue No: TOCC0497
EAN/UPC: 5060113444974
Release Date: 05.08.2022
Composer: Sir Donald Tovey
Artists: Alice Neary, Gretel Dowdeswell, Kate Gould


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