The cello sonatas op.59 114723 and op.99 (114724) are the first of three works for this combination. Opus 59 was composed around 1905/06, opus 99 followed in 1932. Nothing is known so far of the circumstances of the composition of this work, including for whom it was composed. However, it is quite evident that Schumann wrote it, like most of his works, primarily for his own concerts and befriended musicians. The extensive entries in the piano part bear witness to a considerably practical approach. Crossed-out bars, notes added or crossed out in chords as well as a number of revisions of other kinds are more the rule than the exception. The composer's own fingerings written in the piano part also underline this assumption. The present edition contains two solo-parts. One "clean" Urtext-part free of any additions from the editor and a second one with bowing marks and fingerings by Maria Kliegel who recorded both sonatas for the first time with the label Naxos.
Both sonatas show evident resemblance to the works of this combination by Johannes Brahms and are therefore a "must have" for ambitious cellists. -the publisher