BEETHOVEN The Cello Sonatas Adrian Brendel

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

The Cello Sonatas
Variations
Adrian Brendel
Alfred Brendel
Int. Release 08 Oct. 2004
2 CDs / Download
2 CDs 0289 475 3792 2 px2 Philips DDD


Track List

CD 1: Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano & Cello

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Sonata For Cello And Piano No.2 In G Minor, Op.5 No.2

Sonata For Cello And Piano No.4 In C, Op.102 No.1

Sonata For Cello And Piano No.3 In A, Op.69

12 Variations On "Ein Mńdchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66

Adrian Brendel, Alfred Brendel

Total Playing Time: 1:18:22

CD 2: Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano & Cello

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
12 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45

Sonata For Cello And Piano No.5 In D, Op.102 No.2

Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In F, Op.5 No.1

7 Variations On "Bei Mńnnern, welche Liebe fŘhlen", For Cello And Piano, WoO 46

Adrian Brendel, Alfred Brendel

Total Playing Time: 1:08:32

You'll have to search long and hard to hear performances of a comparable warmth and humanity or joy in music-making. Sumptuously recorded and lavishly presented . . . [these cello sonatas give] the listener an increased sense of Beethoven's awe-inspiring scope and range . . . Pianist and cellist are united by a rare unity of purpose and stylistic consistency, whether in strength and exuberance, an enriching sense of complexity or in other-worldly calm . . . What eloquence they achieve in the opening Adagio of the Second Sonata, what musical energy in the following Allegro molto tanto presto . . . Beethoven's volatility is always tempered by the Brendels' seasoned musicianship . . . Both players display rhythmic resilience in the final Rondo from Sonata No 1, and what open-hearted delight and joie de vivre there is in the sets of variations. The Brendels offer an invaluable addition to the recordings of these masterpieces.