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Christian Bellisario

Friday 19 July 2013, 20:30, Teatro Cittadella
Christian Bellisario, violoncello and Idil Biret, pianoforte




Für Pianoforte und Violoncell


As Johannes Brahms suggested to Hugo Becker when they played together the Sonata op. 38 in E minor, the piano "should be a partner - often a leading, often a watchful and considerate partner - but it should under no circumstances assume a purely accompanying role. The Sonata is dedicated to Josef Gänsbacher, a singing professor at the Vienna Singakademie and amateur cellist and was written between 1862 (first two movements) and 1865 (third movement). It is a sort of an homage to J. S. Bach and the principal theme of the first movement and of the fugue are based on Contrapunctus 4 and 13 of the Art of Fugue (BWV 1080).

During a summer retreat in 1886 at Hofstetten near Lake Thun in Switzerland, Brahms composed three of his best-loved chamber music masterpieces: the Cello Sonata in F major, op. 99; the radiant Violin Sonata in A major, op. 100; and the terse and passionate Piano Trio in C minor, op. 101.The Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major op. 99, with its four movements full of power, joy and lyricism, was written for, dedicated to and first performed by Robert Hausmann, great cellist and a friend of Brahms, and is one of the most loved works for cello and piano.

The fifth (and last) Sonata no. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 120 no. 2 for cello and piano was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, together with the Sonata op. 102 no. 1, between 1812 and 1815 and released in 1817 with a dedication to Countess Anna Marie Erdödy, a dear friend and confidant. An intense, mature, essential and profound Beethoven.





Sonate für Pianoforte und Violoncell in mi minore op. 38

Allegro non troppo
Allegretto quasi Menuetto


L.v. Beethoven
Sonate pour Pianoforte et Violoncelle in re maggiore op. 102 n.2 

Allegro con brio
Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto – attacca:
Allegro – Allegro fugato



J. Brahms
Sonate für Pianoforte und Violoncell in fa maggiore op. 99 

Allegro vivace
Adagio affettuoso
Allegro passionato
Allegro molto