Raphael Wallfisch cello
John York piano

CLARKE Rhapsody
BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata in A major Op 69
MARTIN˚U Arabesques
MENDELSSOHN Cello Sonata No 2 in D major

 

In contrast to some of his other middle period works, Beethoven‘s Sonata in A major written in 1803 looks back to a more restrained classical style but demonstrates clear forward thinking in the way the two instruments act as equal partners in the musical drama. Following in this tradition, Felix Mendelssohn had a lifelong commitment to chamber music and a natural affinity for writing for strings, and his Sonata in D major, which he composed in 1843 for his brother Paul, combines melodic lyricism and instrumental virtuosity to great effect.