Recorded on 07/07/2004, uploaded on 04/29/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
19-year period, Beethoven composed five sonatas for "piano and violoncello" and
three sets of variations on popular tunes.
The final two sonatas were written in 1815 and published two years later
by Simrock as Opus 102. Romantic
expression, formal innovation and occasional fugal textures link these works to
Beethoven's final period of composition.
autograph manuscript of the first sonata of the set bears the heading "Free
sonatas for Clavier and Violoncello," an apt description for this fantasy-like
work. Beethoven creates two main
divisions to the music, each comprising a substantial slow, highly embellished
introduction succeeded by a rapid sonata movement. The opening Andante is a delicate piece in 6/8 time. A brief, cadenza-like piano passage leads to
the Allegro vivace, with its dotted main theme and expressive contrasting
a pause, the ornamented Adagio theme
is introduced, and the opening measures of the 6/8 Andante theme return. A
curt, lively motive underlies much of the interplay between cello and piano in
the Allegro vivace. Antoine Lederlin
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
Elegant performance. Captures at once the simplicity and deeply felt expression of this transcendant work.
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