Marie-Elisabeth Hecker & Martin Helmchen – Brahms: Cello Sonatas (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:35 minutes | 923 MB | Genre: Classical
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Since her high-profile victory at the 2005 Rostropovich Competition (she is the only winner ever to have taken both the First Prize and two special jury prizes), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker has belonged among the cellists who really count in the world. For her very first sonata recording, she is reunited with her partner both on the concert platform and in private life, the stylish pianist Martin Helmchen, in a programme of Brahms. The combination of the cellist whose playing was described by Die Zeit as ‘moving and instinctively beautiful’ and the pianist whom Diapason calls a ‘master of sound, tempo and articulation’ promises to be a moment of true chamber music, lyrical and brimming with complicity.
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker made her entry into the ‘big leagues’ by winning first prize in the Rostropovich Competition in Paris back in 2005. Her international career was simultaneously launched on the back of this great success. Born in 1987 in Zwickau, the young cellist has studied with Steven Iserlis, Bernard Greenhouse and even Gary Hoffman. She has performed as a soloist with the Russian Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Munich and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestras, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris… the list goes on. Her experience has seen her work with conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Valery Gergiev, Fabio Luisi, Marek Janowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Christian Thielemann or even Daniel Barenboim. Here, with her musical partner (and husband) pianist Martin Helmchen for their first duo album; the two musicians met at the Lockenhaus Festival at which time they performed another one of Brahms sonatas: Proust’s Madeleine! More than twenty years separate the two sonatas for cello and piano, the first from 1862 – the composer had not yet turned 30 – and the second from 1886, by which time he had nothing left to prove to anyone. Hecker-Helmchen thoroughly master this repertoire. A coup for this first album as a duo.
01. Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38: I. Allegro non troppo
02. Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38: II. Allegretto quasi menuetto
03. Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38: III. Allegro
04. Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: I. Allegro vivace
05. Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: II. Adagio affettuoso
06. Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: III. Allegro passionato
07. Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: IV. Allegro molto
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, cello
Martin Helmchen, piano