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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas, Variations / Timora Rosler, Klara Wurtz

Beethoven / Rosler / Wurtz
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94624   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Timora RoslerKlára Würtz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Beethoven's oeuvre only comprises a small collection of works for cello and piano, but that the composer was an accomplished writer for this combination of instruments is evident from the fact that Jean-Louis Duport, one of Frederick II's court cellists and one of the most revered musicians of his day, incorporated many of the techniques found in the Op.5 sonatas into his instruction manual for cello. The two works each contain only two movements, and the absence of a slow movement was probably to avoid the problem of dynamic imbalance between the instruments (which would have been accentuated in adagio passages) -- something that is also the case with the Op.68 sonatas, composed in 1807. Only with the second Op.102 sonata does the composer Read more finally replace the slow introduction, as found in No.1 and all of the above works, with a full-scale slow movement, one that precedes the massive fugal finale that was to form such an intrinsic part of Beethoven's late-period works.

Also featured are the three delightful sets of variations for cello and piano, each modelled on a different aria from Handel's opera Judas Maccabeus and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, and each (just like the sonatas) placing the piano on an equal footing with the cello throughout. The works are an engaging addition to a collection that marks the return of Israeli/Dutch cellist Timora Rosler and Hungarian pianist Klára Würtz, whose previous Brilliant Classics release 'Cello Rhapsody' (9157) was released to critical acclaim, and which provides a snapshot of the composer's stylistic development over a period of nearly 20 years.

Other information:
- Filling "only" two CD's, the complete works for cello and piano are quintessential and vintage Beethoven. The two youthful Opus 5 sonatas are written in virtuoso concerto style, with an especially glittering role for the piano (Beethoven was a tremendous pianist in his early years), the sonata Op. 69 is in the expansive, sonorous and deep-feeling tonal language of Beethoven's Middle-Period, whereas the two Late sonatas Op. 102 are marvels of originality, experiment, "quirkiness" and humanity.
- The two musicians Timora Rosler and Klára Würtz have been playing together for more than 15 years, having won several chamber music prizes. They performed the Beethoven cycle several times in concert over the years, and their interpretation has ripened to such an extent that the time came to record it. And here it is: every note alive and vibrant, played with gusto and feeling, alternating melancholy and joy, sadness and sheer fun.
- Contains notes on the music and detailed artist biographies.
- Recorded 19--23 January 2013, Sala congressi del Parco naturalistico di Onara, Padua, Italy. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Timora Rosler (Cello), Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sala congressi del Parco naturalistico d 
Length: 23 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Timora Rosler (Cello), Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sala congressi del Parco naturalistico d 
Length: 14 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano), Timora Rosler (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sala congressi del Parco naturalistico d 
Length: 25 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Timora Rosler (Cello), Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sala congressi del Parco naturalistico d 
Length: 14 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano), Timora Rosler (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sala congressi del Parco naturalistico d 
Length: 18 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a theme by Handel, WoO 45 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Timora Rosler (Cello), Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sala congressi del Parco naturalistico d 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in F major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Timora Rosler (Cello), Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sala congressi del Parco naturalistico d 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8.
Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano), Timora Rosler (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Sala congressi del Parco naturalistico d 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cello Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1: I. Adagio sostenuto - Allegro
Cello Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1: II. Rondo: Allegro vivace
Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2: I. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo
Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2: II. Allegro molto piu tosto presto
Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2: III. Rondo: Allegro
Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69: I. Allegro non tanto
Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69: II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69: III. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace
Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1: II. Adagio: Tempo d'andante - Allegro vivace
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2: I. Allegro con brio
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2: II. Adagio con moto sentimento d'affetto
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2: III. Allegro - Allegro fugato
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Theme: Allegretto
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Variation 1
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Variation 2
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Varaition 3
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Variation 4
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Variation 5
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Variation 6
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Variation 7
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Variation 8
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Variation 9
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Variation 10
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Variation 11
12 Variations in G Major on See the conqu'ring hero comes from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45: Variation 12
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Thema
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 1
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 2
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 3
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 4
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 5
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 6
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 7
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 8
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 9
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 10
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 11
12 Variations in F Major on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 66: Variation 12
Variations in E-Flat Major on Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, WoO 46: Theme
Variations in E-Flat Major on Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, WoO 46: Variation 1
Variations in E-Flat Major on Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, WoO 46: Variation 2
Variations in E-Flat Major on Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, WoO 46: Variation 3
Variations in E-Flat Major on Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, WoO 46: Variation 4
Variations in E-Flat Major on Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, WoO 46: Variation 5
Variations in E-Flat Major on Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, WoO 46: Variation 6
Variations in E-Flat Major on Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, WoO 46: Variation 7

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