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Beethoven: Cellosonaten Opp 69 & 102, Etc / Maisky, Argerich


Release Date: 09/01/1993 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4375142   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mischa MaiskyMartha Argerich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Argerich reminds us that this is music by a pianist of dynamic personality... A valuable and generously filled issue.

Here again I find these two fine musicians to have a good rapport, and for all her strength of musical personality, Argerich does not overshadow or overpower the cello; the recording helps here, too, by being fairly thoughtfully balanced, although in saying that I must add that Maisky is embarrassingly submerged (partly Beethoven's fault) in such a passage as the one at 7'08'' in the first movement of the A major Sonata. Even if we don't get the full flavour of the pianist's tone as is heard on her solo recordings, we instantly recognize her first utterances in this work, which begin quietly enough but
Read more end with much force. Ditto the tigerish way she begins its scherzo and plays the finale of the C major. Is it a fault that Maisky always sounds gentler and sweeter? Or is it inherent in the nature of their two instruments and thus Beethoven's intention? In any case, Argerich reminds us, perhaps rightly, that this is music by a pianist of dynamic personality as well as a composer at the height of his powers.

These sonatas obviously represent a more mature Beethoven than Nos. 1 and 2 (both 1796) and are correspondingly terser and more compelling. Yet Maisky and Argerich do not let the energy of quicker movements obscure the warmth of more lyrical passages, relaxing the time and tone here without quite letting go of the overall momentum—although at times it's a close thing. One also feels their involvement in their ultra-sensitive handling of slow movements, albeit sometimes too strongly inflected for my taste. While voicing reservations, I'll add that the finale of Op. 69 reminded me of Argerich's ability as a marchande de vitesse and I wonder whether she, rather than Maisky, is dictating pace although he manages to stay with her and remain stylish. The Judas Maccabaeus Variations (music of 1796) are pretty empty stuff, but that's not the artists' fault. Enough of adverse criticism: this is a valuable and generously filled issue.

-- Christopher Headington, Gramophone [12/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Concertgebouw, Nijmegen 
Length: 26 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Concertgebouw, Nijmegen 
Length: 15 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Concertgebouw, Nijmegen 
Length: 18 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4. Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a theme by Handel, WoO 45 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Concertgebouw, Nijmegen 
Length: 11 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69: 1. Allegro ma non tanto
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69: 2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69: 3. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69: 4. Allegro vivace
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.4 in C, Op.102 No.1: 1. Andante
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.4 in C, Op.102 No.1: 2. Allegro vivace
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.4 in C, Op.102 No.1: 3. Adagio
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.4 in C, Op.102 No.1: 4. Allegro vivace
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.5 in D, Op.102 No.2: 1. Allegro con brio
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.5 in D, Op.102 No.2: 2. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.5 in D, Op.102 No.2: 3. Allegro - Allegro fugato
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Thema. Allegretto
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation I
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation II
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation III
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation IV
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation V
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation VI
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation VII
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation VIII
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation IX
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation X. Allegro
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation XI. Adagio
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45: Variation XII. Allegro

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