Paul Marleyn, cello, and Stéphane Lemelin, piano, explore music by three French Romantic composers whose works range from the mid-19th century to the early 20th: Paul Lacombe, Fernand de la Tombelle, and Édouard Lalo.
Paul Lacombe wrote his Piano and Cello Sonata in 1902 and dedicated it to Jules Loeb, a professor at the Paris Conservatory. Although almost completely unknown, the work is a welcome addition to the repertoire.
A composer and virtuoso pianist and organist, Fernand de La Tombelle studied with Camille Saint-Saëns, among others, and later trained the great Nadia Boulanger. He composed his richly melodic Sonata for Piano and Cello in 1905.
Composed in 1856, Lalo’s Sonata for Piano and Cello was dedicated to the famous Russian pianist and composer Anton Rubinstein. The sonata beautifully illustrates Lalo’s melodic, dramatic style.