Sonata for Violoncello and Piano

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


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)

“The dominant characteristic of Louis Karchin´s music is energy. Even in the very infrequent moments of repose, there is the obvious desire to be moving--building in the background, waiting for the moment to burst forth and sweep all before-- that recalls Beethoven….. The Beethoven connection is the most obvioas in the Cello Sonata of 1989, which is modeled after Beethoven´s Third . Like its model, the work lacks a slow movement, using a Scherzo to bridge between a sonata-form first movement and a vigorous, extended Finale.”

John Story, Fanfare (07/1997)