Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy wrote three major works for cello and piano, a task he particularly enjoyed since his brother Paul was a cellist. Following the early Variations op. 17 (1829) and the Sonata no. 1 in B flat major, op. 45 (1839), the op. 58 grand Sonata (1843) qualifies as the high point in Mendelssohn’s oeuvre for cello.