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Beethoven Variations for violoncello and pianoforte

Pieter Wispelwey, Lois Shapiro

Ludwig Van Beethoven

SKU: 6494

Year of release: 1994

12 Variations on a thema G Major - Judas Maccabaeus 09:21
1. Thema Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:38
2. Variation 1 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:34
3. Variation 2 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:41
4. Variation 3 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:38
5. Variation 4 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:36
6. Variation 5 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:38
7. Variation 6 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:38
8. Variation 7 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:31
9. Variation 8 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:41
10. Variation 9 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:43
11. Variation 10 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:43
12. Variation 11 Ludwig Van Beethoven 01:07
13. Variation 12 Ludwig Van Beethoven 01:07
12 Variations on a thema F Major Die Zauberflöte 17:05
14. Thema Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:32
15. Variation 1 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:35
16. Variation 2 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:34
17. Variation 3 Ludwig Van Beethoven 07:21
18. Variation 4 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:38
19. Variation 5 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:29
20. Variation 6 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:29
21. Variation 7 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:40
22. Variation 8 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:31
23. Variation 9 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:41
24. Variation 10 Ludwig Van Beethoven 01:17
25. Variation 11 Ludwig Van Beethoven 01:06
26. Variation 12 Ludwig Van Beethoven 02:06
7 Variations on a thema Eb Major Bei Männern 09:19
27. Thema Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:50
28. Variation 1 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:39
29. Variation 2 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:39
30. Variation 3 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:57
31. Variation 4 Ludwig Van Beethoven 01:18
32. Variation 5 Ludwig Van Beethoven 00:36
33. Variation 6 Ludwig Van Beethoven 02:15
34. Variation 7 Ludwig Van Beethoven 02:02
sonata for cello and piano in F Major opus 17 13:19
35. Allegro moderato Ludwig Van Beethoven 07:21
36. Poco Adagio Ludwig Van Beethoven 01:15
37. Rondo Ludwig Van Beethoven 04:42

About this album

The cello sonatas of Beethoven must be familiar to any lover of the instrument. But many people see these works as the logical product of a creative artist: first comes the inspiration, and then hard work takes care of the rest. So why are there no cello sonatas by Haydn or Mozart, for example? There seems to be no obvious answer, but therein lies the clue. The classical sonata, incorporating a genuine dialogue of instruments, had not yet achieved its definitive form by 1800. For the most part, the general public is full of praise for Beethoven’s symphonies, concerti, and quartets, but they forget that he was also virtually the first composer to produce a classical cello sonata….

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Reviews

Klassiek

(...) weer een cd om trots op te zijn (...)

FonoForum

(...) Inspirierter und zwingender kann man diese Musik kaum spielen.

Basler Zeitung

Wer etwa noch meint, das spiel auf alten Instrumenten sei eine dröge Sache, höre sich diese gleichen Variationen an. (...)

Répertoire

(...) L’enregistrement est d’autant plus intéressant qu’il n’existe apparemment aucun autre version de ces oeuvres sur instruments ancien.

Northern Echo

(...) These are most enjoyable performances that have a ring of authority and authenticity about them and are beautifully played.

Le Monde de la Musique

(...) ... un savoureux programme de variations (...)

CD Review

(...) When it comes to the great Schubert Quintet, many are called but few are chosen. Knowing the work of the Orpheus Quartet, I approached this recording with keen anticipation and wasn’t disappointed. (...)

In Tune

(...) Apart from enjoying the exceptional musicality of these performances, one is struck by the growth in Beethoven’s style, almost variation by variation (...) (...) Both players blend in to a beautiful unity(...) (...) Channel’s sonics are marvelous, and the jacket notes brim with useful insights, in English, Dutch, German and French. A great recording! Highest recommendation.(...)

Le Provençal

(...) Rien de figé, tout y est plein de vie.

CD review

(...) incomparable performance (...) (...) and the marvellously relaxed finale has just the right amount of lift in the Hungarian rhythms.

Discophage

(...) La qualité des timbres et le naturel sont parfaits.

La Marseillaise

(...) une très belle version des Variations de Ludwig. Un disque conseillé.

Herald Sun

(...) The talking between this two is engrossingly fluent. (...)

Südwestpresse

(...) großartigen Momenten von Klangverschmelzungen, die so auf modernen Instrumenten eben nicht mehr möglich sind. (...)

Gramophone

(...) but this recital of Beethoven variations teems with fresh insights in the irresistible serendipity of its playing (...)

Kunst en Kultuur

Pieter Wispelwey is een schitterend cellist. (...) (...) Zijn nieuwste cd bevestigt zijn onvergelijkelijk talent (...)

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSony digital Editor 3000
Mastering EngineerBert van der Wolf
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatPCM 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateFebruary 1994
Recording LocationOld Catholic church, Delft, The Netherlands
EditingBert van der Wolf
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerTed Diehl