Cover 1824 uai


This album focusses on the year 1824 and brings it to life through the marvellous music of four composers who gave the cello a special role in their compositions, and by the text which tells the story of the year 1824 based on original sources from journals, newspapers, letters, recollections, historic objects and works of art. The text is a loose collection of well-known, newly discovered, strange and everyday happenings, anecdotes, moods and opinions which throw light on a year in which much else happens, not least of all the first performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.



Gioachino Rossini: Duet for Cello & Double Bass
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Cello Sonata op. 104
Bernhard Romberg: Trio No. 1 E minor for cello, viola, double bass from “Trios d’une Difficulte progressive”
Franz Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata D. 821 for Cello & Guitar


Christoph Dangel – cello
Els Biesemans – Pianoforte
Katya Polin – viola
Stefan Preyer – double bass
Stephan Schmidt – guitar

Label: Prospero, DDD, 2021


Rondo, Feb 2022
“A 74-page booklet that already conveys feelings of happiness to the touch, combines optically attractive old drawings, graphics and paintings with recordings of the instruments used and not only revives the everyday life of composers in 1824 in terms of text and narrative.”

Peter Hagmann, February 2022
“One surprise after the other can be found here, and all in interpretations of outstanding format.

The naturalness with which the duo takes into account the practical performance conditions of the early 19th century arouses particular interest – the cellist, for example, the subtle handling of the portamento, the pianist the non-simultaneous attack. That creates life.”

pizzicato, Feb 2022
“presented with technical noblesse and a deep understanding of the musical statements.”

“Finally, Schubert’s sonata becomes a special discovery with the guitar part, although the work otherwise seems so familiar. Since the piano is mostly the powerful instrument, with the guitar there is a new balance that has its charm. With Stephan Schmidt, Dangel has a duo partner at hand with whom he can interpret the work sensitively and precisely.”