Robert Fuchs - Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 29 was published in 1881 but was composed a few years earlier. Upon its premiere, it was praised not only by critics but also by Brahms, who rarely had anything good to say about the music of his contemporaries.
Fuchs was one of the most admired teachers of his time, (among his students were Mahler, Sibelius, Hugo Wolf and Alexander Zemlinsky). He was also admired by many great conductors such as Arthur Nikisch, Felix Weingartner and Hans Richter, who regularly performed his works.
As Robert Fuchs composed works for the Double Bass, this arrangement tries to follow as faithfully as
possible his sound concept of the instrument. This work, very much in the harmonic and melodic style of Brahms, is full of singing melodies and is accompanied by rich harmonies. It is a recommended piece for advanced high school students and very suitable for college students. Since this sonata is not played very often, it could be a great addition to any professional recital.
This sonata was recorded on Michael Klinghoffer’s CD- Mostly Transcriptions Vol. 1
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