The French Cello

French Cello Music.

A wonderful CD with some of the most important French composers, showing various styles of French Lyricism throughout a span of approximately 200 years.

A re-release of the debut CD 'The French Cello' (2004) of Pamela Smits and Sabine Simon by Universe Classics. Recorded, edited and produced: Bert van Dijk (Helix Audio Productions)

François Couperin Pièces en Concert *
Olivier Messiaen Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus (1941)
Gabriel Fauré Papillon
Gabriel Fauré Après un Rêve
Claude Debussy Sonate pour violoncelle en piano
César Franck Sonate pour Piano et Violon

Pamela Smits - cello
Sabine Simon - piano
Sabine Simon - harpsichord*

Cellist Pamela Smits, a student of French cellist Jean Decroos (principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, who himself was a student of André Navarra), plays the cello in the tradition of the sonorous lyrical playing of the four French Musketeers; André Navarra, Maurice Gendron, Paul Tortelier and Jean Fournier.

Canadian-born Dutch cellist Pamela Smits and German pianist Sabine Simon first met each other in 1991, during a summer course in Ernen given by the renowned Hungarian pianist and pedagogue György Sebök. Later, they both studied at Indiana University in Bloomington (USA), Smits with famed cellist Janos Starker and Simon with Sebök, where a personal and professional friendship began that continues to this day.

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