Beethoven: The Music for Cello and Piano

Beethoven: The Music for Cello and Piano

by Pierre FournierPierre Fournier

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Before anything else is said, it has to be admitted that the 1963 recording with Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter is beyond all argument the greatest set of Beethoven's cello sonatas ever recorded. Nevertheless, for the single best recording of Beethoven's cello sonata, it should be this 1965 recording by Pierre Fournier and Wilhelm Kempff. Because while Rostropovich and Richter are the greater virtuosos, their virtuosity is also inevitably the prism through which Beethoven's music radiates and his music is colored by their virtuosity. But Fournier and Kempff are arguably the greater musicians because they are not so much the prism as the lens through which Beethoven's music flows, and his music is ineluctably clarified by their musicianship. When one hears the ardent objectivity of their "Sonatas," Op. 5; the dramatic lyricism of their "Sonata," Op. 69; the exhilarating serenity of their "Sonatas," Op. 102; the serious fun of their Mozart "Variations"; or the playful strength of their Handel "Variations," one is hearing less of Fournier and Kempff and more of Beethoven. The consummate musicianship renders their playing translucent, letting the clear light of Beethoven's music shine through. As great as Rostropovich and Richter are -- and they are very, very, very great -- it is Fournier and Kempff who contain more of Beethoven because they includes less of themselves.

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Release Date: 08/15/1996
Label: Dg Imports
UPC: 0028945301327
catalogNumber: 453013
Rank: 133081


  1. Sonata for cello & piano No. 1 in F major, Op. 5/1
  2. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5/2
  3. Sonata for cello & piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
  4. Sonata for cello & piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102/1
  5. Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2
  6. Variations for cello & piano in G major on Handel's "See, the Conqu'ring Hero comes," WoO 45
  7. Variations for cello & piano in E flat major on Mozart's "Bei Männern," WoO 46
  8. Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66

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