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Daniel Müller-Schott (Violoncello / cello)

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Release Date: Friday 15 November 2019

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After J. S. Bach's solo cello suites in the early 18th century, the genre experienced a fallow period until Zoltán Kodály set the pace with a monumental sonata for solo cello in 1915. It inspired a variety of similar works, but Kodály's 30-minute sonata still stands "like Mount Everest", to quote Daniel Müller-Schott, the soloist on this recording. His programme also includes music by Prokofiev, Hindemith, Henze, Crumb and Casals, and features a work of his own for the first time: Cadenza continues the tradition of compositions that other cellists have always added to their recital programmes. "Here, you can recognise influences of the solo works that have influenced me over the years. In Cadenza, the contrasting elements of the world of my instrument appear in the closest space - the cello in pure lyricism, just as sequences catapulting themselves into the highest registers in rhythmical savagery and immediately concluding the movement after a final culmination." (Daniel Müller-Schott)

"Müller-Schott ends this formidable unaccompanied recital with Pablo Casals's Song of the Birds, played with the intense focus, the sense of line and the gleaming purity of tone that characterises the whole disc…Müller-Schott's ability to inflect a single line of music makes even works such as Prokofiev's slightly dubious reconstructed Sonata and his own entertainingly eclectic Cadenza repay re-listening. He certainly has something to say." - Gramophone Editor's Choice March 2020

"This varied recital is dedicated by Daniel Müller-Schott to the memory of his father, Matthias Müller. Müller-Schott is one of the most highly regarded cellists of his generation....It is a very fine tribute, both to Casals and to the recital's dedicatee, his father Matthias Müller." MusicWeb


ZOLTÁN KODÁLY (1882-1967)
1-3 Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8 (1915)

4 Sonata for Solo Cello in C sharp minor, Op. 134 (1953)

PAUL HINDEMITH (1895-1963)
5-9 Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25, No. 3 (1922)

10-18 Serenade (1949)

19 Cadenza

20-22 Sonata for Solo Cello (1955)

PABLO CASALS (1876-1973)
23 Song of the Birds (for solo cello) (1939)