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  Channel Classics -
  CCS SA 18602
  Franck/Brahms Sonatas - Wispelwey
  Franck: Sonata in A major
Schumann: Adagio und Allegro
Brahms: Sonata in D major

Pieter Wispelwey (cello)
Paolo Giacometti (piano)
Track listing:
  1-4. Cesar Franck: Sonata in A major 1886
5. Robert Schumann: Adagio und Allegro, Op. 70
6-8. Johannes Brahms: Sonata in D major, Op. 78

Total time: 62:07
  Classical - Chamber
Recording type:
Recording info:
  Recording Engineer, Editing: C. Jared Sacks

Recorded at Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, Netherlands, Spring 2001

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Reviews: 2

Review by Coffee Kev July 13, 2005 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
I've found this label and artists to be the breakthrough recordings that ultimately sold me on developing an SACD collection. These are just spectacular recordings and performances. The surprise to me is the Franck, which I swear contains some Jazz chords in it. See if you agree. A great disc to play when you want to relax and dream along with these two romantic composers.

Sorry, I'm still a two channel guy, so no comment on the surround.

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Review by JW May 29, 2003 (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Finding Pieter Wispelwey's recording was a personal discovery that I have SACD and the friends at to thank for. I had never heard of him before. I enjoy classical music, I go to concerts etc, but I am by no means an expert on the topic. If you are like me and you like the idea of piano accompanied by the rich sounding violoncello, the Wispelwey disc might be right for you.

Channel Classics label has come out with some fantastic recordings, both musically engaging and 'audiophile' in sound. For those of you who don't know Pieter Wispelwey, he is a celloist mainly, and he won the Elisabeth Everts Prize (1985), which is an award for the most promising musician in the Netherlands. This is a quote from the Channel Classics website (

"Wispelwey is one of the first of a generation of general specialists, performing exquisitely on either an authentic or modern cello. His expert stylistic knowledge, original and profound musical thinking, augmented by a phenomenal technique enable him to render individual, yet remarkable interpretations of the cello repertoire from J.S. Bach to Elliot Carter. For years now, he has won the hearts of critics and public alike with his unique performances of the Bach and Britten unaccompanied cello suites, and with his recitals of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas either on authentic or modern instruments."

The opening movement of the Franck sonata is fairly well known I would say and typical for Franck's meditative style. The music on this disc is engaging, intensely melodic, dreamy at times, symphonic sometimes, but always simply beautiful. Pieter Wispelwey is accompanied on piano by Paolo Giacometti - another Dutch schooled artist - born in Milan - who graduated with honors from the conservatory in Amsterdam.


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Works: 3  

Johannes Brahms - Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
César Franck - Violin Sonata in A major, FWV 8
Robert Schumann - Adagio & Allegro for Horn (or Cello, or Violin) and Piano, Op. 70