RUTH SOMMERS (cello) is a graduate of Juilliard, where she studied with Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro. She was a Concert Artists Guild Award winner and a former member of Young Concert Artists. A frequent performer of chamber music and recitals in the United States and Europe, she has participated in the Caramoor and Wolftrap Festivals and was soloist with the Master Virtuosi Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall. In 1988, she founded the Dobbs Ferry Chamber Music Festival of which she was the director until becoming the director of "Festival Chamber Music" series in 1992.

DAVID OEI (piano) was soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic at the age of nine and has since performed with the New York Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh and Baltimore Symphonies. Mr. Oei has made guest appearances with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has performed regularly at Chamber Music Northwest and Bargemusic. Founding director of the Salon Chamber Soloists he is also a member of the Friends Of Mozart and the Elysium and Ecliptica Chamber Ensembles. He has appeared on television in Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts and has recorded with the Delos, ADDA, CRI, Vanguard, Arabesque and Grenadilla labels. Mr. Oei teaches at Summertrios, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Hoff-Barthelson Music School and the Mannes College of Music. He was the owner of Carlyle Wines.

Track List

Richard Strauss Sonata in F major for Cello and Piano, op.6 1. Allegro con brio (9:26) 2. Andante ma non troppo (7:59) 3. Allegro vivo (8:38)

Sergei Rachmaninoff Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, op.19 4. Lento; Allegro moderato (9:52) 5. Allegro scherzando (6:27) 6. Andante (5:03) [listen] 7. Allegro mosso (10:47)