If ever there was a composer whose melancholic melodies simply screamed to be played on the cello, then it would have to be Frédéric Chopin. His close friendship with cellist Auguste Franchomme led to several wonderful chamber concert works for cello.
Many cellists, including Gregor Piatigorsky and Karl Davydov, later ‘borrowed’ many of his waltzes, nocturnes and mazurkas. Continuing in the tradition of these grandmasters, Pieter Wispelwey also ‘borrowed’ a few more pieces for his incredible Chopin CD that he produced around twenty years ago.
We’d go as far as to say that some of Chopin’s melodies really come into their own when accompanied by string quintet.
Pieter Smithuijsen based his new cello sextet on Chopin’s Revolutionary Étude, which in 1831 was, technically speaking, quite radical and innovatory. Reason enough (and very much in keeping with the theme ‘The Cello Takes Over’) to name his piece – Coup.
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