Sonatas for Two Cellos, Book 2
Douglas McNames, Violincello
Vivian Barton, Violincello
Karen Flint, Harpsichord
These sonatas are extremely important in the genre of cello duos, requiring almost equal virtuosity on the part of both cellists. It seems apparent that these are the remarkable efforts of a gambist who has been seduced by the arrival of a new instrument, the violincello.
Jean Bapiste Masse certainly merits recognition by artists and listeners of our time, and reconsideration by today's musicologists of his place in the history of French cello composition and technique. These unique, unknown sonatas form a vital link in the blossoming school of French violincello playing. Not only that, they delight the ear.
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