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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Op. 102; Schumann: Fantasiestucke / Viersen, Avenhaus


Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94425  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenRobert Schumann
Performer:  Quirine ViersenSilke Avenhaus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The combination of cello and piano has long been a popular choice among composers. Detailing a selection of works by two of the world’s greatest, this release celebrates one of music’s most enduring partnerships through showcasing some of the duo’s best literature.

The compilation covers works written towards the end of each composer’s life, and first to be presented are Beethoven’s Sonatas Op.102 Nos. 1 and 2. Completed in 1815 and therefore dating from the start of his late period, these self-contained compositions stand as the shortest and most concentrated of the composer’s duo sonatas – though the wealth of feeling that is exhibited throughout more than makes up for this. Next to be fea- tured is Schumann’s delightful
Read more Fantasiestu?cke Op.73 – a set of small-scale pieces taking the style of Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words. They are followed by 5 Stu?cke im Volkston Op.102, completed in 1878 and similarly inspired by Lieder and folksong through their use of simple yet characteristic themes.

From the intensity of Beethoven’s sonatas to the affective expression of Schumann’s crea- tions, this collection unites some of the most spiritual and original music in the cello and piano repertoire. Quirine Viersen and Silke Avenhaus offer an authoritative interpretati- on that brims with colour: a valuable addition to Brilliant Classics chamber music library.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Recorded 9–10 April 1999, De Nieuwe Veste Breda,The Netherlands.
• Includes comprehensive booklet notes on each work as well as a biography for each performer.
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Quirine Viersen (Cello), Silke Avenhaus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
2. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Quirine Viersen (Cello), Silke Avenhaus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
3. Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Quirine Viersen (Cello), Silke Avenhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
4. Stücke (5) im Volkston for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Quirine Viersen (Cello), Silke Avenhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 

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