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After his first cello sonata of 1872 (51481057) had fast gained popularity; the publisher kept asking the composer to write a second sonata for this scoring. But it was only in March 1905; in the mild climate of Algeria; that Saint-Saëns finally relented and composed a large sonata with four movements. He personally thought it superior to the first sonata and even believed that its third movement; the “Romanza;” was an equivalent to the famous “Swan” in the “Carnival of the Animals” (51480943). However; this work is still overshadowed by the first sonata; not least because the second places greater technical and artistic demands on cellists. This Henle Urtext edition; the first urtext-critical edition of the work ever; now offers cellists a chance to rediscover this composition.Text in English; French and German.
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