Cellist serves unknown Strauss sonata on the rocks

Cellist serves unknown Strauss sonata on the rocks


norman lebrecht

February 07, 2020

The German celllist Raphaela Gromes has recorded an apparently unknown cello sonata that Richard Strauss wrote when he was 16 years old.

Sony and her PRs are shouting it from a mountaintop, near Garmisch.

They want us to believe that she climbed up there in that frock, carrying the cello.

Now where did they put the piano?


  • Larry W says:

    Frock on a Rock is a peak accomplishment.

  • Praschnicker says:

    Shot at Osterfelderkopf near Garmisch (Strauss!!), fifty steps from the top station of a funicular.

  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    No, it’s not unknown. Where it says cello sonatas (plural) below it’s the first and final version of the very well known sonata in Fmaj written when he was 19 (as recorded by Slava, YYMa and many other)


  • George says:

    No it’s not. Strauss wrote an earlier version when he was 16 years old for a competition. Only the first movement is similar to the famous one. The other two movements are completely different.

    Check here: https://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/konzert-und-musikwissenschaft-zu-den-wurzeln-des-erfolgs-1.4768784

  • KANANPOIKA says:

    Yet another example of a long line of truly silly record

  • David Boxwell says:

    Mezzo Kate Lindsey is stranded on a storm-lashed rock in the ocean on the cover of her latest CD (“Arianna). And she’s only wearing a nightie.

  • George says:

    Amazing how even on a classical music page, the comments are not about the quality of the recording but about the cover, which apparently was taken close to Strauss’ hometown and captures the spirit of his music well.

  • Jane says:

    If you do your research before posting misleading content, you would have come across this. ‘Raphaela Gromes presents a world premiere recording with the original version of the Strauss Sonata op.6’.

  • DeepSouthSenior says:

    I’ll string along with another sound post and peg this as a rock-solid, mountaintop experience.