Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano - RES10254

Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano

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Robin Michael (cello)
Daniel Tong (fortepiano)


Cello and piano duo Robin Michael and Daniel Tong return to Resonus with this dazzling collection of the complete works for cello and piano of Ludwig van Beethoven. Written across his productive life, they contain much that is considered pioneering and innovative within the genre.

The five sonatas and three sets of variations form a considerable contribution to the cello and piano repertoire, from the formative early Op. 5 sonatas composed as a young man, to the much later Op. 102 sonatas, penned following his infamous hearing loss. Rarely heard on disc performed on period instruments, Michael and Tong record these celebrated works using a cello after Matteo Goffriller from 1695 and a fortepiano after Anton Walter from c.1805.

Album Booklet (PDF)

Tracklist

Disc One

Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5, No. 1
1. Adagio sostenuto
2. Allegro
3. Rondo: Allegro vivace

4.-16. 12 Variations on ‘See the Conquering Hero
Comes’ from Handel’s ‘Judas Maccabeus’, WoO 45

Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2
17. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo
18. Allegro molto più tosto presto
19. Rondo: Allegro

20.-32. 12 Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’
from Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’, Op. 66


Disc Two

Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
1. Allegro ma non tanto
2. Scherzo: Allegro molto
3. Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace

4.-11. Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe
fühlen’ from Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’, WoO 46

Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1
12. Andante
13. Allegro vivace
14. Adagio – Tempo d’Andante ­­–
Allegro vivace

Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102, No. 2
15. Allegro con brio
16. Adagio con molto sentimento d’affetto
17. Allegro

'Michael and Tong take on this key repertory in a spirit of fresh, fearless égalité, stylistic certainty and all-round technical brilliance… a thrillingly rewarding contribution to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year.'

- International Piano

'Michael and Tong take on this key repertory in a spirit of fresh, fearless égalité, stylistic certainty and all-round technical brilliance… a thrillingly rewarding contribution to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year.'
International Piano

'Anyone who doesn’t know the Beethoven cello sonatas is in for a treat, but I was also surprised by how much I enjoyed the variations sets.'
Early Music Review

'Although Robin Michael and Daniel Tong both also play modern instruments, they have clearly fully absorbed the tonal and stylistic elements of period instruments and performance. They bring the music to life in a musically sensitive way. '
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© 2020 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2020 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10254
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262792056
Cover image Profile of Beethoven by merrymoonmary (istockphoto.com)
Release date: 31 January 2020