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

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

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


Ralph Kirshbaum (cello) & Shai Wosner (piano)

Beethoven’s sonatas for cello and piano span his entire creative life. The Op.5 sonatas date from the late 1790s and therefore are products of his early years as a virtuoso pianist and aspiring composer in Vienna, where he had settled after leaving his native Bonn.

The 3rd sonata Op.69 dates from the composer’s ‘middle period’, and is contemporary with the 4th and 5th Symphonies and the Razumovsky String Quartets. It is one of his greatest chamber compositions, a work of great beauty, full of surprises and seemingly limitless inventiveness.

The two sonatas of Op102 were composed at the beginning of Beethoven’s visionary ‘late period’ and rub shoulders with the last violin sonata, the piano sonatas Nos.27, 28 and 29 ’Hammerklavier’. Beethoven’s later fascination with the baroque fugue surfaces not only at the end of the ‘Hammerklavier’ but also in the finale of the 5th sonata, reaching its apex in the Grosse Fugue’ Op.133 a few years later.

These performances were recorded immediately after live performances at Wigmore Hall, the culmination of a tour of all 5 Sonatas and the Variations across the USA and the UK in conjunction with Texas-born, Ralph Kirschbaum's 70th birthday.

“Wosner keeps the piano line crisp and buoyant; Kirshbaum spins long, broad phrases that look convincingly into the far distance. Together they make Beethoven’s huge structures work, but the details can be striking too.” The Guardian, 8th December 2016 ****

“The playing is probing yet unaffected, thoughtful yet delivered with a simplicity that lets Beethoven’s lyrical succinctness shine through the maelstrom of emotions that flavour the sonatas’ expressive twists and turns…Kirshbaum brings effortless maturity to all these works, supported by the poetic solidity of Wosner’s pianism” The Scotsman, 10th January 2017 *****

“[these sonatas] have an infectious exuberance. Highlights are many: the opening movement of Op 102 No 1, for instance, which is unerringly paced and nicely balances the muscular and the skittish, and Kirshbaum never less than beautiful in the high-lying writing…as a whole, this is a more ‘traditional’ approach to the sonatas than the comparisons listed below, but if subversion and reinvention are not top priorities, it’s well worth exploring” Gramophone Magazine, Febuary 2017

“It is the rugged, Romantic side of Beethoven that is to the fore in these interpretations. Pure and precise they may not always be...but they are full of authentic feeling.” The Strad, 20th February 2017

“sometimes it's like listening to two people excitedly bouncing ideas off each other; at others it's like a love duet, or even the kind of intense parting conversation in which every word counts to an almost painful degree…few get so close to the complex truth of this music” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 *****

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Chamber Choice - April 2017

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Onyx - ONYX4178

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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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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.

“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

“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 ****

“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

“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

“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

“[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 ****

“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 ****

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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

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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

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First Choice - March 2005

Philips - 4753792

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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

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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

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Beethoven - The Music for Cello and Piano

Beethoven - The Music for Cello and Piano


Beethoven:

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


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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)


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Beethoven - Complete Music for Cello & Piano

Beethoven - Complete Music for Cello & Piano


Beethoven:

Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

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

Jean Françaix (piano), Maurice Gendron (cello)

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

Jean Françaix (piano), Maurice Gendron (cello)

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

Jean Françaix (piano), Maurice Gendron (cello)


Decca Duo - 4425652

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