BEETHOVEN: Complete Sonatas and Variations for Cello and piano

2 CD - Onyx Classics ONYX4178
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Ralph Kirschbaum, Shai Wosner
original title: Beethoven: Complete Sonatas For Cello / Kirschbaum, Wosner
collection: ONYX

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  • 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 in London which were the culmination of a tour of all 5 Sonatas and the Variations across the USA and the UK.

    Sonata No.1 in F op 5/1
    Sonata No.2 in G minor op 5/2
    Sonata No.3 in A op 69
    Sonata No.4 in C op 102/1
    Sonata No.5 in D op 102/2
    Variations on ‘See the conqu’ring hero comes’ WoO45
    Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ op 66
    Variations on ‘Bei Männern’ WoO46
  • Ralph Kirschbaum
    Shai Wosner

    Ralph Kirschbaum [cello]
    Shai Wosner [piano]
  • 2 CD - 2h 26mn 16s
    upc/ean. 880040417828
    ref. ONYX4178
    release date. 2016-12-09

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