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Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano / Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin

Beethoven / Isserlis / Levin
Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67981  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Steven IsserlisRobert Levin
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 2 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



On this recording, Steven Isserlis, together with his regular collaborator, fortepianist Robert Levin, presents a magisterial compendium of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, including Beethoven’s arrangement of his Horn Sonata. The use of the fortepiano opens up a wealth of sonic possibilities for these works. The five Cello Sonatas span Beethoven’s compositional epochs and comprise the most important cycle of cello sonatas in the entire repertoire. Isserlis writes that the composer, "transforms himself from confident virtuoso to supreme master of classical form, and then beyond that to a mystic exploring strange new worlds of unearthly beauty – a
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Works on This Recording

1. Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a theme by Handel, WoO 45 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Robert Levin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
2. Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in F major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Robert Levin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
3. Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Robert Levin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
4. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Robert Levin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
5. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Robert Levin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
6. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Robert Levin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
7. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Robert Levin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
8. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Robert Levin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
9. Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Robert Levin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Cello Sonata No 1: II. Allegro vivace
Cello Sonata No 4: I. Andante

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Wonderful Disc. March 18, 2014 By Anton N. (Brisbane, Queensland) See All My Reviews "Marvellous music, played with great gusto by two superb musicians. The sound is exceptional. A special disc for all Beethoven lovers." Report Abuse
 These are the Recordings You Want to Buy! February 26, 2014 By Eric Ramirez (Placerville, CA) See All My Reviews "The current classical music catalog is almost overflowing with wonderful performances of the Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Beethoven, but these recordings issued by the duo of Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin are truly magnificent and I cannot recommend them with more enthusiasm. Robert Levin's work on the fortepiano--his articulation, phrasing, and the innate and natural sense of musical rhetoric with which he plays--is absolutely stellar. And cellist, Steven Isserlis: just how, exactly, is it that he is able to coax everything from the most ravishing sighs and whispers to the most tumultuous thunderclaps and hardy belly laughs from that exquisite, Marquis de Corberon, Stradivarius that he plays (the physical beauty of the instrument's sound is nothing less than mesmerizing!)? The ensemble, throughout, is incredibly compelling and many times will have you on the edge of your seat. The Allegro Vivace from the Cello Sonata in A major, Op. 69 is the most fun you can possibly have--legally! Also, be sure to read the accompanying album notes, which were written by Steven Isserlis. He shows us that he is as engaging a writer and he is a cellist of the highest order. Yes, I think that even that old curmudgeon, Ludwig Van Beethoven himself, is toasting the efforts of Messrs. Isserlis and Levin." Report Abuse
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