Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

This page lists all recordings of Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete), by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) on CD, SACD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas & Variations

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas & Variations


Beethoven:

Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Variations (12) on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45

Variations (7) on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46

Variations (12) on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66


Gautier Capuçon (cello) & Frank Braley (piano)

Following on from last year’s live recording of the Shostakovich cello concertos, this album sees Gautier return to the studio with his friend and recital partner of many years, Frank Braley, in a programme of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Cello and Piano. In addition the album includes Beethoven’s wonderful variations on three different themes – two on arias from Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte, and the other from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus. This is the first new recording of the complete Beethoven cello works for some time and is a long-awaited release.

Gautier Capuçon has a firm reputation as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He is a regular performer with the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, NHK Symphony, and at festivals such as Verbier and Lugano, and has won several awards at the ECHOS and the Victoires de la Musique.

“Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley deliver well-honed interpretations of these masterworks, offering perfect unanimity of ensemble and admirable clarity of texture throughout. The duo is at its best in the three sets of Variations where they manage to encapsulate a wide range of contrasting moods and timbres to impressive effect” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ***

“With Beethoven there’s always room for one more interpretation, and the quality of this new set is not in doubt…such is the quality of the musicianship that there are always plenty of fresh insights…the partnership is one of Classical balance, and the result is by turns poised, polished, intimate and exuberant…undeniably a class act” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

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Erato - 9029595113

(CD - 2 discs)

$13.00

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Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano

Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano


Beethoven:

Variations (12) on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66

Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Variations (12) on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45

Variations (7) on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46


Beethoven’s works for cello and piano were written between 1796 and 1815. He effectively created the sonata for cello, with an independent piano part, in his Op.5, intended for Jean-Louis Duport and dedicated to Frederick William II of Prussia. Like the delightful variations on themes by Handel and Mozart, they represent his first-period style, as Op.69 typifies the second. The two sublime Sonatas Op.102, for their part, already herald the unprecedented stylistic freedom of the composer’s final decade.

“not to be missed...The playing here combines breadth and urgency with, for example, a touching tenderness in the simplicity of the slow introduction to the C major Sonata Op 102 No 1...It all adds up to a valuable set for admirers both of Queyras and Melnikov, and of Beethoven.” The Telegraph, 23rd September 2014 ****

“[Queyras's] partnership with the Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov is an ideal match: both are sensitive, responsive chamber musicians, alert to colour and detail, never excessive.” The Observer, 19th October 2014 ****

“Queyras and [Melnikov] present Beethoven in a way that keeps virtuosity well to the fore and is full of unexpected touches … If the unorthodox is high on your agenda, these eventful performances, where surprise whispers and caresses are an important part of the interpretative strategy, may be just what you’re looking for. For me, they trigger a real sense of wonder.” Irish Times, 12th September 2014

“His cello always speaks with its own conversational voice, not as the music's curator but as its protagonist...Melnikov rewards that primary focus given to him in the variations and the early Op. 5 Sonatas with great precision of effect - colour, nuance and expression - that's not often encountered even among the best chamber music players.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

“a virtuoso pairing of noteworthy technical brilliance and arresting power…very highly recommended...Both accounts are superlative, and recorded sound throughout harmonia mundi’s cycle is especially pleasing and natural, with the cello’s entire register effortlessly reproduced. In sum, this proves to be a deeply rewarding Beethoven cycle from these artists, offering much in the way of novel and unexpected insight.” International Record Review, December 2014

“This superb recording achieves a rare balance between Melnikov's miraculous transparency and Queyras's airy, limpid elegance, and non-vibratoed purity of sound. Their approach is ideal in the filigree exuberance of the three Variation works where Melnikov's witty sense of timing sets up a delicious teasing tension.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ****

“Queyras and Alexander Melnikov are dynamic and daring in the sonatas, a bit more laid back and ruminative in their approach to the variations. I find their interpretive choices sensible and just … Harmonia mundi’s sound is a thing of beauty, too, reflecting a lush, lively acoustic...yet maintaining pinpoint detail and presence. If you’re looking for a modern-instruments performance of the Beethoven chamber works with cello, this set is a very reliable choice.” Audiophile Audition, 3rd December 2014

“Queyras and Melnikov prove excellent partners throughout...Queyras is a flexible, vibrant cellist, full of the vigour and emotion of the early works, but the passion of the late works does not elude him either. This set confirms Queyras as an estimable talent with a lot to offer.” MusicWeb International, 20th January 2015

Harmonia Mundi - HMC902183/84

(CD - 2 discs)

$17.25

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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas


Beethoven:

Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete) and variations

Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17

arranged by Beethoven


Steven Isserlis (cello) & Robert Levin (fortepiano)

‘Isserlis’s playing always has spirit to spare. But the fortepiano ensures an even fresher sense of discovery to his cello odyssey’ (The Guardian)

In this new chamber recording, Steven Isserlis together with his regular collaborator, fortepianist Robert Levin, presents a magisterial and long-awaited compendium of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, including Beethoven’s arrangement of his Op 17 Horn Sonata. The use of the fortepiano opens up a wealth of sonic possibilities for these works.

The five Cello Sonatas span Beethoven’s compositional epochs and comprise the most important cycle of cello sonatas in the entire repertoire. Isserlis writes that the composer ‘transforms himself from confident virtuoso to supreme master of classical form, and then beyond that to a mystic exploring strange new worlds of unearthly beauty—a wondrous transfiguration’.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“This set contains of the finest Beethoven performances you are likely to hear. Steven Isserlis is on blazing form: every note lives, every movement is characterised with infectious relish; his range is breathtaking. The ensemble with Robert Levin is dynamic, intimate, often electric.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ****

“Isserlis commands attention first, if only for the extraordinary bass growl of his cello’s bottom register...Isserlis’s love of big, throbbing gestures is equally apparent further up his cello. But he never chews the scenery and the music’s drama fully deserves the duo’s strong emotions, firm accenting and virile leaps.” The Times, 10th January 2014 ****

“I don’t think you will ever hear a more spine-tingling performance of the adagio in the final sonata than this. Both performers take great care in the shaping of phrases, matching every articulation whilst being acutely aware of the relative importance of hidden themes and rhythmic figures.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 6th January 2014

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Hyperion - CDA67981/2

(CD - 2 discs)

$27.50

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Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano & Cello

Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano & Cello


Beethoven:

Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Variations (12) on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45

Variations (12) on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66

Variations (7) on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46


Herwig Tachezi (cello), Iwan Konig (piano)

Gramola - GRAM98801

(CD - 2 discs)

$18.50

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Beethoven - Complete Works for Piano & Cello

Beethoven - Complete Works for Piano & Cello


Beethoven:

Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Variations (12) on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66

Variations (12) on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45

Variations (7) on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46


Adrian Brendel (cello) & Alfred Brendel (piano)

"All five sonatas are in my view really extraordinary." Alfred Brendel in the Guardian (London) June 2004.

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2005

Building a Library

First Choice - March 2005

Philips - 4753792

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.75

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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete) and variations

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete) and variations


GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2004

Building a Library

First Choice - December 2008

ECM New Series - 4724012

(CD - 2 discs)

$23.75

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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete) and variations

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete) and variations


(recorded at the 1970 Edinburgh Festival)

EMI Gemini - 5862422

(CD - 2 discs)

$9.25

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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas


Beethoven:

Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 17 (transcribed by Beethoven from horn sonata)


Guido Schiefen (cello), Alfredo Perl (piano)

Oehms - OC233

(CD - 2 discs)

$19.00

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Beethoven - The Cello Sonatas

Beethoven - The Cello Sonatas


Beethoven:

Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17

Barry Tuckwell (horn)


Presto CD

Decca - Double Decca - 4667332

(Presto CD - 2 discs)

$21.75

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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete) and variations

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete) and variations


Pablo Casals (cello) & Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Pablo Casals' (1876-1973) recordings of Beethoven’s complete music for cello and piano with that other musical legend, the American (but Hungarian born and educated in Vienna) pianist Rudolf Serkin, now in vastly improved sound.

[Producers note: This is the original Philips edition, in stereo. The present masters start from the Philips tapes preserved in Paris (Polygram). Sony partially reissued this complete set in 2004. I do not have the precise days of recording, but they date from Prades 1953/4. Sound is incomparable!]

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Praga Digitals - PRD250372

(CD - 2 discs)

$18.50

Scheduled for release on 13 April 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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