FELIX DRAESEKE (1835-1913): Cello Sonata in D, Op. 51, Ballade for Cello and Piano in B Minor, Op. 7, Barcarole for Cello and Piano in A Minor, Op. 11, Piano Pieces: Vision, Op. 21/1, Traum im Elfenhain, Op. 21/2, Rote Blätter fallen, Op. 14/1, Verweht, Op. 14/2, Valse-Scherzo, Op. 5/2.
Catalogue Number: 02O089
Label: AK Coburg
Description: The cello sonata dates from 1890 and demands virtuoso ability from its performers as well as an intimate understanding of its shifting harmonies and intricate contrapuntal relationships. The 1866 Ballade is a study in elegiac melancholy while the Barcarole of 1872 is a classic example of the genre piece evoking undulating waves and gondolas plying Venetian lagoons. The selection of piano pieces shows a series of genre pieces which at times transcend those boundaries through their sophistication and difficulty. Barbara Thiem (cello), Wolfgang Müller-Steinbach (piano).