Beethoven Sonatas For Piano & Violoncello 180g 2LP
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Possessing a complete recording of Beethoven's Cello Sonatas gives far more
satisfaction than merely having the set to fill the shelves. On the one hand it
offers one the opportunity to compare Beethoven's art of composition at various
stages in his life. And on the other hand one can already recognize in the early
Opus 5 how he breaks with the traditional sonata in which the solo instrument
merely provides an accompaniment and treats the two instruments as equal
partners in the creation of the movements.
Richter and Rostropovich devote themselves to their task with verve and
freshness. The two early works are marked by the rich and full sound of the
cello and an elegantly performed piano part, while the two Russian musicians
foster a contemplative, introverted style in the A major Sonata. This respectful
approach also lends itself well to the C major Sonata where the free,
fantasia-like character with wide-ranging shading is shown off to advantage.
Beethoven's break with the traditional sonata-form layout is carried to extremes
in the D major Sonata, where the cello ignores the powerful theme on the piano
in the first movement. The work's brittleness is effectively revealed by the two
musicians in the transition from the sensitive Adagio to the austere, freely
worked final Fugato, while their resolute and analytical approach to the work
and technical prowess on their instruments is highly rewarding.
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Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
1. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 1 in F, Op. 5 No. 1
2. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No.2
3. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 3 in A, op. 69
4. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 4 in C, op. 102 No. 1
5. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 5 in D, op. 102 No. 2