Being the daughter of two cellists, Raphaela Gromes heard Strauss’ Cello Sonata “already in her mother’s womb” - albeit in the generally known second version. To this day, this second version of the sonata is one of Strauss’ most frequently performed early works. Raphaela Gromes and Julian Riem released the world premiere recording of the long-forgotten first version only last year - and it is this first version that they will perform in the opening concert of this year’s Richard-Strauss-Tage.
Just like Richard Strauss, Gioachino Rossini is remembered rather for his operas than for his chamber music. However, he had a special affinity for the sound of the lowest string instrument: the double bass. In the last decade of his life, Rossini (who had retired early as an opera composer) composed the deeply felt elegy Une larme (A Tear) for the double bass. The theme was apparently so important to him that he reworked it: thus he created an extended version for cello and piano - Rossini’s only original work for this instrumentation.
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