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Beethoven: Complete Works For Cello And Piano / Geringas, Fountain

Beethoven / Geringas / Fountain
Release Date: 05/31/2011 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93272   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David GeringasIan Fountain
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Beethoven was the first great composer of cello sonatas in the Romantic style, and he remained really the only one until Brahms wrote two at the end of the 19th century. Few composers have attempted to compose sonatas for cello and piano, owing to the difficulties of balance between the two instruments, though the exceptions have been notable, and beautiful. Beethoven's works for Cello and piano come from each of his three stylistic periods - the very early Sonatas Op. 5 represent Beethoven's move away from the classical style of Haydn and Mozart; the popular Sonata in A Major, Op. 69 stands firmly rooted in Beethoven's Middle Period and shares it's sweeping melodic lines with those in "Eroica" and the "Harp" String Read more Quartet, while the Sonatas Op. 102 already point to elliptical language of the late String Quartets.

David Geringas is one of the most versatile musicians of our time. Active as both cellist and conductor, Geringas has an unusually broad repertoire from the early baroque to the latest avant garde. He was the first musician to play the works of many Russian and Lithuanian avant garde composers in the West and many composers dedicated works to him. For his worldwide engagement for Lithuanian music and its composers he was awarded highest distinctions of his country. In October 2006 the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Horst Köhler awarded the "Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" (Federal Cross of Merit) to David Geringas for his over all efforts as musician and German Cultural Ambassador to the world music scene. - Hänssler Classic

In 1989 pianist Ian Fountain became the youngest winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv at the age of 19. Since that time he has performed extensively throughout Europe, the USA, the UK and the Far East. As an avid Chamber-Music player, he enjoys many long-standing collaborations with musicians such as David Geringas, Ulf Hoelscher, and the Mandelring and Emperor Quartet. In 2008 he collaborated in the edition of Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Cello, published by Henle Verlag, Munich. Since 2001, Ian Fountain has been a piano professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

R E V I E W S:

Recordings of Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano abound, but few of them really contain everything the composer penned for one of his most important instrumental combinations. Often overlooked is Beethoven's own transcription of the Op. 17 Horn Sonata in F major and the Op. 64 Duo Sonata in E flat, a reworking the composer made of his own Op. 3 String Trio. These sonatas were not written at pivotal moments in Beethoven's development like the other cello sonatas, but still represent a depiction of the fondness both the composer and his patrons had for the cello. Adding to these are the five original sonatas and three variation sets, making for an impressive body of literature considering no one before Beethoven was writing for cello and piano. Performing the true complete works on this Hänssler Classic three-disc set is cellist David Geringas and pianist Ian Fountain. Geringas has been tasked with editing the most recent urtext edition of the complete sonatas, so it's no surprise that his performances feature a refreshing, admirable adherence to the score. Beethoven's writing is clear and detailed, so there's plenty to go on; Geringas picks up on all of the nuances of phrasing, dynamics, and articulation and produces performances of wonderful detail and simplicity. Fountain's playing is equally pure, with crystalline articulation, limited use of the pedal, and careful balance with the cello. Listeners who are truly after a complete recording of these works will not be disappointed by this set.

-- Mike D. Brownell, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello), Ian Fountain (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR, Stuttgart, Ge 
Length: 23 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello), Ian Fountain (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR, Stuttgart, Ge 
Length: 27 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello), Ian Fountain (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR, Stuttgart, Ge 
Length: 13 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello), Ian Fountain (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR, Stuttgart, Ge 
Length: 25 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello), Ian Fountain (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR, Stuttgart, Ge 
Length: 14 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello), Ian Fountain (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR, Stuttgart, Ge 
Length: 18 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in E flat major, Op. 64 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello), Ian Fountain (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1794 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR, Stuttgart, Ge 
Length: 40 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a theme by Handel, WoO 45 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello), Ian Fountain (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR, Stuttgart, Ge 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9.
Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello), Ian Fountain (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR, Stuttgart, Ge 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
10.
Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in F major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello), Ian Fountain (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR, Stuttgart, Ge 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 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 - II. Allegro molto piu tosto presto
Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2: III. Rondo: Allegro
Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17 (version for cello and piano): I. Allegro moderato
Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17 (version for cello and piano): II. Poco adagio, quasi andante
Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17 (version for cello and piano): III. Rondo: Allegro moderato
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. Andante - II. Allegro vivace
Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1: III. Adagio - Tempo d'Andante - IV. 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 fugato

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