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The Complete Music For Cello & Piano / Lesser, Paik [2 CDs + DVD]

Beethoven / Lesser / Paik
Release Date: 07/13/2010 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9329   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Laurence LesserHae Sun Paik
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Laurence Lesser, pupil of Gregor Piatigorsky and Gaspar Cassado, and former President of the New England Conservatory, joins forces with pianist HaeSun Paik, winner of top prizes at the Leeds, Tchaikovsky, William Kappell, & Queen Elisabeth (Belgium) competitions, in performances of Beethoven's complete music for Cello and Piano.

The performances were recorded in 2009 in the acoustically superb Jordan Hall (Boston). Included with the double-CD set is a DVD featuring the artists in 2009 concerts from Kumho Art Hall (Seoul, South Korea), biographical material, and a discussion of Beethoven's compositions for cello and piano.

Includes DVD: "Behind Beethoven's Music for Cello and Piano"
Read more /> "Exceptional...Lesser and Paik combine Classical grace with precision and play as a true partnership... vibrantly alive" --The Strad Magazine

"The stars that watch over recording events could not have been more propitious. The sets of variations draw fine displays of virtuosity from both players. Disc 1 includes Op. 5 Sonatas in cohesive, dramatic and virtuosic performances...You will learn more about sonata form in a few minutes (on the bonus DVD) than you would believe possible. Lesser's analysis of the way Op. 102, No. 1 begins, backed up by his superb handling of this moment in his performance with Paik, is worth volumes in our understanding of Beethoven." --Atlanta Audio Society
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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:  Laurence Lesser (Cello), Hae Sun Paik (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:  Laurence Lesser (Cello), Hae Sun Paik (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Laurence Lesser (Cello), Hae Sun Paik (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Laurence Lesser (Cello), Hae Sun Paik (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Laurence Lesser (Cello), Hae Sun Paik (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Laurence Lesser (Cello), Hae Sun Paik (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Laurence Lesser (Cello), Hae Sun Paik (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Laurence Lesser (Cello), Hae Sun Paik (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Twelve Variations on a Theme from Handel's Oratorio Judas Maccabeus, WoO 45
Twelve Variations on the Theme Ein Madchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Opera The Magic Flute, Op. 66
Seven Variations in Eb Major on the Theme Bei Mannern welch Liebe Fuhlen from Mozart's Opera The Magic Flute, WoO 46
Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1: I. Adagio sostenuto
Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1: II. Allegro
Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1: III. Rondo: Allegro vivace
Sonata in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2: I. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo
Sonata in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2: II. Allegro molto piu tosto presto
Sonata in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2: III. Rondo: Allegro
Sonata in A Major, Op. 69: I. Allegro ma non tanto
Sonata in A Major, Op. 69: II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
Sonata in A Major, Op. 69: III. Adagio cantabile
Sonata in A Major, Op. 69: IV. Allegro vivace
Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1: I. Andante
Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1: II. Allegro vivace
Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1: III. Adagio - Tempo d'Andante
Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1: IV. Allegro vivace
Sonata in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2: I. Allegro con brio
Sonata in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2: II. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto
Sonata in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2: III. Allegro - Allegro fugato

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