Camille Saint-Saëns' Sonata For Violoncello And Piano No. 2 In F Op. 123. Henle urtext edition with marked and unmarked string part.
After Camille Saint-Saëns' first Cello sonata of 1872 (HN1057) gained fast popularity, the publisher requested a second sonata for this scoring. 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.
Saint-Saëns personally believed his Sonata For Violoncello And Piano No. 2 In F Op. 123 to be superior to his first and even thought its third movement, the “Romanza”, was an equivalent to the famous “Swan” in the “Carnival of the Animals” (HN943).
Despite this, the 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 is the first ever text-critical edition of the work and offers cellists a chance to rediscover this composition.