Tag Archives: cello

Hindemith, Heiden, Skolnick–Works for Violoncello and Piano

Unknown, or rarely performed pieces. Skolnick’s particularly wonderful! Play!

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho–Works for Solo Cello

Contemporary pieces, some agitation and tension, play most!

Dutch Cello Sonatas

From two Dutch/German composers Witte and Hutschenruyter, lovely, Romantic pieces. Play!


Cellist Saeunn Thorstensdottir plays these very abstract solo pieces by Icelandic composers. Plucking, squeaking and other sounds. Halgrimsson’s lyrical. Play!

Cello Sonatas of Richard Strauss and Edvard Grieg

One concerto each by Strauss and Grieg, neither of whom is known for chamber works. Grieg struggled with his piece.

A Page From

Caitlin Sullivan performs these (mostly) solo works by contemporary composers, including Andres, Kahane, Snider and others–nice, slow and abstract. Play!

Shostakovich & Kabalevsky–Cello Sonatas

These sonatas cover all of the emotional range from rage to tranquillity. Excellent!

Echoes of Bach

Mike Block’s exploration of Bach and other composer’s Bach-like pieces. Play!


Solo cello/electronic pieces by young Mexican composers–classical/avant–some quite lovely. Play most!

Celebrating David Geringas

Cellist performs diverse pieces including some from Lithuanian composers, his ethnic background. Play!

Faure, Franck, Ravel & Poulenc

Cello and piano works by these Romantic, and Impressionist French composers. Play!


The title refers to 3 Russian composers (Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff) plus some contemporary works by the Beatles, Pussy Riot and Viktor Tsoi. Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’ Reilly perform. Play most!

The British Cello

Mostly elegant and gracious works for cello & piano, modern and contemporary. Play

Afierossis–Solo Cello

Somber, elegant and modern pieces for solo cello by Ligeti, Sallinen, Rozsa and more. Play!

Ashley Walter-Sweet Anxiety

Cellist Walters performs abstract/avant works by Deyoe, Berio, Smith and others, ranging from droning, tapping and slapping. Sounds from a cello that you wouldn’t expect.

Different Things

Modern works for piano and cello, varying in style and very interesting! Play! With works by Glass, Rota, Schnittke and Korngold.

Cello Style

A collection of modern, abstract solo cello works, including Henze, Stockhausen, Britten and Sciarrino, amongst others. Play!

Laura Metcalf–First Day

Stylistically varying pieces for cello with piano: “classical”, Latin, jazz, Impressionistic…Play!


Cellist Michael Nicholas performs varied classical/abstract to avant-garde solo cello works with some electronics. Play most!

Narratives on Life–Music for Cello & Piano

The unifying characteristic for these pieces is that they are by Jewish heritage composers (not necessarily following the faith), generally varying stylistically from classical to modern classical. Play most!

Orbit–Music for Solo Cello (1945-2014)

Matt Haimovitz performs works by a wide ranging group of  composers taken from his other recordings. Avant-garde, Classical, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles–something for everyone! Play!

Cello Music from Austria-Hungary

Works  either for or transcribed for cello solo or with piano,  by Beethoven, Schnabel and Moor, showing the variety of works over time from this area. Play!

Sonatas by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Kabalevsky

Cello and piano sonatas by 3 Russian composers, two considered “un-Russian”, writing “formalist perversions” and whose pieces were condemned. Kabalevsky was not in this group. Lovely pieces, varied tempi and all very emotive. Play!

Solitude–Works for Solo Cello

Avant-garde works for solo cello, some with prepared strings by various composers. Sample due to length.

The Cello in Spain–Boccherini & Other 18th Century Musicians

Italy was the source of string music in the 18th century, and Spain very much adopted both the Italian composers and their influences–gracious. Play!