The three works that make up this highly attractive programme span a century: Franck’s sonata in its officially sanctioned transcription for cello was taken from his popular violin sonata of 1886. It was composed as a wedding present for the violinist Ysaÿe. Dutilleux’s Trois Strophes Sur Le Nom De Sacher was composed for Paul Sacher’s birthday and given its premier by Rostropovich with the composer at the piano. Composition was spread over a decade, having started in 1976. Poulenc’s Cello Sonata was dedicated to Pierre Fournier and completed in 1948.
Michael Petrov and Erden Misirlioğlu are members of the acclaimed Trio Isimsiz.