Sonata for Violoncello and Piano

  • Title Sonata for Violoncello and Piano
  • Year 1990
  • Instr vc,pno
  • Duration 21 min
  • Categories Chamber
  • Publisher CF Peters

First performance: March 21, 1990, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Fred Sherry, cello, Alan Feinberg, piano


A kind of fearless eloquence in its gestures... Karchin is unafraid of cliches, such as diddledy-diddledy triplet ascents, when they can still serve a purpose, and his harmony moves powerfully. Fred Sherry, for whom the sonata was composed, and Alan Feinberg gave a cogent performance.

Andrew Porter, The New Yorker (04/1990)

The Violoncello Sonata is especially impressive in its rhythmic panache, intensity, variety of attack and pacing.”

Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press (07/1997)