Berteau: Sonatas & Airs For Violoncello / Christophe Coin

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Whatever composer, period or style Christophe Coin turns his attention to, it is certain to be full of interest and musicality. Such is the case...

Whatever composer, period or style Christophe Coin turns his attention to, it is certain to be full of interest and musicality. Such is the case with a new recording from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - where Coin teaches - whose focus is one of the founding fathers of modern cello playing, the Frenchman active in the middle of the 18th century, Martin Berteau. Known both for training many of the important cellists from later in that century and for introducing technical innovations which extended the instrument's range and expressiveness, Berteau's composing voice has been very little known (some of his compositions also being confused with those by others). An ideal candidate, therefore, for a thorough-going reappraisal from a musician as talented as Christophe Coin, with the help of two of his own former cello students in Petr Skalka and Felix Knecht. Cello Sonatas and Airs make up this programme - including one sonata in which all three cellists take part. The three of them play on instruments from the epoch, whilst Markus Hünninger provides harpsichord accompaniment. In the accompanying booklet essay for this new release, Thomas Drescher traces the lifespan of Martin Berteau, an overlooked compositional figure who leads us back to the roots of an important instrument of our musical culture.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: March 25, 2014


  • UPC: 8424562225121


  • Catalog Number: GCD922512


  • Label: Glossa


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Martin Berteau


  • Performer: Christophe Coin, Felix Knecht, Markus Hünninger, Petr Skalka