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Label:
  Praga Digitals - http://www.pragadigitals.com/
Serial:
  PRD/DSD 250 229
Title:
  Chopin, Grieg: Cello Sonatas - Kanka, Klepac
Description:
  Chopin: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 65, Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C major Op. 3, Grieg: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor Op. 36

Michal Kanka (cello)
Jaromir Klepac (piano)
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Genre:
  Classical - Chamber
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Hybrid
Recording type:
  PCM
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Site review by Polly Nomial December 20, 2006
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Review by JW June 15, 2007 (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
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Translation from original review by Jean-Jacques Millo.

Two years, 1846 and 1847, spawned the composition of the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Frederic Chopin and the following series of important works: the Damnnation of Faust by Berlioz, Mendelssohn's Elias, Schumann's Piano Concerto, the Sonata "The Four Stages of Life" by Alkan and Verdi's Macbeth. At the heart of this creative explosion lies Chopin's essential oeuvre, flanked by Beethoven and Brahms. The Sonata Op. 65 from the Polish composer is a difficult work with an enormous harmonic richness. The Sonata for cello and piano Op. 36 by Edvard Grieg was created in 1883. Unfortunately this piece is not very well known, but is has no less of an expressive force reminiscent of the threatrical music by Sigurd Jorsalfar.

This Super Audio CD contains both stereo and multichannel recordings. It offers us two artists in perfect harmony. Michel Kanka (cello) and Jaromir Klepac (piano) are equally gifted and with their excellent phrasing provide us with an open window onto the music. The way they express themselves on their instruments creates a natural reading in which each inflection seems in its proper place. Thanks to Direct Stream Digital recording technology both instrument's timbre is truthfully rendered. One of the great chamber music discs.

Translated by JW (this one a little more difficult than I first thought :-).
Original review: Jean-Jacques Millo

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Review by JJ June 5, 2007 (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
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Les deux années, 1846, 1847, qui virent respectivement la composition et la création de la Sonate pour violoncelle et piano de Frédéric Chopin, furent également le théâtre d'autres créations capitales comme, notamment, La Damnation de Faust de Berlioz, Elias de Mendelssohn, le Concerto pour piano de Schumann, la Sonate "Les 4 âges de la vie" d'Alkan et Macbeth de Verdi. Au cur de ce florilège créatif, l'oeuvre de Chopin est essentielle et se situe d'emblée aux côtés de celles de Beethoven et de Brahms. Partition de la maturité, la Sonate Op. 65 du compositeur polonais eut une gestation difficile, pour un résultat d'une grande richesse harmonique. La Sonate pour violoncelle et piano Op. 36 d'Edvard Grieg fut, quant à elle, créée en 1883. Malheureusement peu connue, elle n'en demeure pas moins d'une force expressive évidente, se rapprochant de la musique de scène, Sigurd Jorsalfar. Avec une prise de son en stéréo ou multicanal en pur DSD, ce Super Audio CD nous offre un duo d'artistes d'une homogénéité parfaite. Le violoncelle de Michal Kanka et le piano de Jaromir Klepac sont à l'écoute l'un de l'autre, laissant la musique s'épanouir au gré de phrasés idoines. L'expressivité du discours fait également preuve d'une belle sérénité où chaque inflexions semblent naturelles. Grâce à la technologie Direct Stream Digital, les timbres des instruments possèdent une vérité chaleureuse retrouvée. Un grand disque de musique de chambre.

Jean-Jacques Millo

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Works: 3  

Frederic Chopin - Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65
Frederic Chopin - Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C major, Op. 3
Edvard Grieg - Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36