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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan present a complete recording of Beethoven’s cello sonatas. Composed over a span of nearly twenty years, these works not only contain some of the most appealing and lyrical music Beethoven wrote, but also allow the listener to trace his exceptional artistic development. The third sonata, moreover, is a watershed in sonata writing, arguably presenting the cello and piano as fully equal partners for the first time in music history. The richness of these works fully comes to life in the interpretation of Weilerstein and Barnatan, who have – besides glorious solo careers – also proven to be one of the most congenial chamber music tandems of our times. Their wonderful musical partnership and profound friendship shines through in each of these sonatas.

Since signing an exclusive contract with PENTATONE, Alisa Weilerstein has released Transfigured Night (2018) as well as Bach’s Cello Suites (2020), while also featuring on Old Souls (2019) and Inon Barnatan’s Beethoven Piano Concertos Part 1 (2019), on which she performed the composer’s Triple Concerto. This album was part of Inon Barnatan’s complete Beethoven piano concertos recordings on PENTATONE, of which Part 2 appeared in 2020. 2021 saw the release of his solo album Time Traveler’s Suite.

REVIEWS:

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein has recorded major repertory works and seems to be ascending into the top rank of the world's cellists. This set of Beethoven's five cello sonatas should hasten that process. Weilerstein is accompanied here by her usual partner Inon Barnatan, and their long experience as collaborators shows up in the extremely careful balances they achieve in these sonatas and their shifting relationships between the cello and the piano. Yet even more compelling is the sense of musical narrative they create here. A standout reading of these much-recorded works.

-- AllMusic.com (James Manheim)

The test piece for anyone sampling these excellent sets is the best known sonata, No 3 in A major Op 69, in which piano and cello find full equality. A peerless technician, Weilerstein embraces both the expansive lyricism and fragile intensity of this work, the singing melodies contrasted with explosive “middle period” drama. She is compelling, too, in the Op 102 sonatas.

-- The Guardian (Fiona Maddocks)

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Product Description:


  • Release Date: June 10, 2022


  • UPC: 827949088469


  • Catalog Number: PTC5186884


  • Label: Pentatone


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Period: Classical


  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven


  • Performer: Alisa Weilerstein, Inon Barnatan



Works:


  1. Sonatas for Cello and Piano in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Inon Barnatan (Piano)


  2. Sonatas for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Inon Barnatan (Piano)


  3. Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major, Op. 69

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Inon Barnatan (Piano)


  4. Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Inon Barnatan (Piano)


  5. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Inon Barnatan (Piano)