JULIUS ROENTGEN (1855-1932): Cello Sonatas, Vol. 3 - No. 1 in B, Op. 3, No. 11 in D Minor, No. 14 in C Sharp Minor and Sonata for Solo Cello.
Catalogue Number: 03J006
Label: Ars Produktion
Reference: ARS 38 469
Description: This is brand-new; assuming stock sells, the previous two volumes will be offered in future months. The series should run to five discs since Roentgen wrote 14 sonatas in addition to the solo cello work recorded here. It's particularly instructive to have the first (1872) and next-to-last (1931) sonatas on the same disc, showing that while the melodies continued to flow unstoppably from the composer's pen, by the late 20s and 1930-31, the hectic pace of his life seemed to be taking a toll as the C sharp minor piece (with two slow movements including an opening Lento) is much darker and put-upon in its personality than the brilliantly sparkling First. Jean Decroos (cello), Danièle Dechenne (piano).