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Beethoven: Complete works for piano and cello. Simone Dinnerstein, piano; Zuill Bailey, cello. Telarc 80740 [2 CDs].
Complete in this case means the five sonatas – Op. 5, Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 69, and Op. 102, Nos. 1 and 2 – plus the three sets of variations Beethoven wrote for piano and cello on themes by Handel and Mozart. The approach of these young musicians is seasoned by more than a decade of collaboration. In the courtly yet surprisingly earthy world of the Op. 5 sonatas they are appropriately debonair – free-spirited in the concluding rondos, probing in the slow introductions to both first movements. They revel in the excitement of Beethoven’s extraordinary release of
energy in Op. 69, matching his intensity of utterance with a more emphatic address. And they pull out all the expressive stops as they navigate the subjective terrain of the late sonatas, where Beethoven fuses disparate thoughts in a discourse so charged that after nearly two centuries it can still make a listener’s hair stand on end. Dinnerstein is an amazing pianist – marvelously articulate, clean and even in scale passages, attentive to dynamics and accents. Bailey’s big, meaty sound comes with occasional coarseness on some of the more energetically bowed notes, but he holds up his end of the partnership. Telarc’s sound is close and extremely vivid, placing the duo just a step or two away. – Ted Libbey, author of
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Works on This Recording
Featured Sound Samples
Cello Sonata no 1: II. Allegro
Cello Sonata no 3: IV. Allegro vivace
Variations for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern"
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