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26th April 2011




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Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69


Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99


Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

Thomas Carroll (cello) & Llŷr Williams (piano)



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One of the UK’s rising stars, Thomas Carroll is one of only two artists who have successfully auditioned for both Young Concert Artist’s Trust in London and Young Concert Artists Inc in New York.

Thomas studied in Vienna with Heinrich Schiff, and this CD explores links between three major composers, all of whom lived, worked and died in Vienna.

Though he has recorded numerous orchestral discs, this is Thomas Carroll’s debut solo CD, and is performed on Heinrich Schiff’s Guadagnini cello of 1767.

…an artist to watch.” Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph

…an authority and technical assurance that many a more seasoned artist might envy.” The Strad

Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

I. Allegro vivace

II. Adagio affettuoso

III. Allegro passionato

IV. Allegro molto

Franz Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821 (arr. for cello and piano)

I. Allegro moderato

II. Adagio

III. Allegretto

Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

I. Allegro non tanto

II. Scherzo: Allegro molto

III. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace

The Guardian

28th April 2011


“Both are intensely musical accounts, with no details overlooked and no challenges ducked, and there is never any sense of either partner hogging the limelight. Yet Williams appears the dominant partner, taking the lead with forceful confidence in the scherzos of both works...while always allowing Carroll's warm, rich tone to have its say as well. In Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata the roles are reversed”

International Record Review

July/August 2011

“One could hardly devise a more satisfying recital programme...All three works have persuasive advocates in these young British artists, who deliver them with engaging zeal and precision throughout...these performances emerge as distinctive and individual, without trying to be 'different' just for the sake of it, but nor are they enslaved to rigid convention either.”

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