THOMAS SCHMIDT-KOWALSKI (b.1949): Cello Sonatas No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 4, No. 2 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 12 & No. 3 in B, Op. 99, 3 Notturnos for Cello and Piano, Op. 48.
Catalogue Number: 08N014
Description: The first two sonatas here date from 1978 and 1980, showing that Schmidt-Kowalski's adoption of a conservative, late Romantic style went back very early. We know he abandoned avant-gardism in his conservatory days but the opus number 4 proves that, if he composed anything in that vein, he did not acknowledge it. You'll know what to expect here from the three orchestral discs we offered last month: appetizing, high-calorie Germanic late Romanticism in a personal, non-pastiche style. Alexander Baillie (cello), James Lisney (piano).