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Beethoven: The Complete Music for Cello & Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven , Sviatoslav Richter , Mstislav Rostropovich , Jean Franaix , Maurice Gendron Audio CD
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listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in F, Op.5 No.1 - 1. Adagio sostenuto - AllegroSviatoslav Richter16:35Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in F, Op.5 No.1 - 2. Rondo (Allegro vivace)Sviatoslav Richter 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2 - 1. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo/ Allegro molto più tosto prestoSviatoslav Richter19:55Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2 - 2. Rondo (Allegro)Sviatoslav Richter 7:09Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69 - 1. Allegro ma non tantoSviatoslav Richter12:08Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69 - 2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)Sviatoslav Richter 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69 - 3. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivaceSviatoslav Richter 8:35Album Only

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listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.4 in C, Op.102 No.1 - 1. Andante - Allegro vivaceSviatoslav Richter 7:41Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.4 in C, Op.102 No.1 - 2. Adagio - Tempo d'andante - Allegro vivaceSviatoslav Richter 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.5 in D, Op.102 No.2 - 1. Allegro con brioSviatoslav Richter 6:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.5 in D, Op.102 No.2 - 2. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affettoSviatoslav Richter 7:30Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.5 in D, Op.102 No.2 - 3. Allegro - Allegro fugatoSviatoslav Richter 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66Maurice Gendron 9:15Album Only
listen  7. Beethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46Maurice Gendron10:14Album Only
listen  8. Beethoven: 12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45Maurice Gendron12:57Album Only

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Product Details

  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jean Franaix, Maurice Gendron
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (October 11, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000041A9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,198 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Beethoven was the first great composer of cello sonatas, and he remained really the only one until Brahms wrote two at the end of the last century, and then in our own time Martinu wrote three. Aside from a few individual works by other composers (Grieg, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Barber, and Britten), that about sums up the entire repertoire for this particular combination. It's a difficult medium, because the low notes of the cello tend to get covered by the bass of the piano, and balance between the two instruments is always precarious. Of course, when you have artists of the caliber of Rostropovich and Richter, there's nothing to worry about. This classic set has been the reference edition since the day it was issued, and it's now available at a budget price. --David Hurwitz

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Street Release Date: 10/11/1994

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This outstanding compilation contains some of Ludwig van Beethoven's lesser known chamber music masterpieces. In his lifetime, Beethoven composed 5 cello sonatas and three sets of variations for cello and piano. Pianist Sviatoslav Richter and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, two of the great Russian masters of their instruments in the 20th century, give brilliant performances of the cello sonatas. Richter's and Rostropovich's enjoyment of the music and each other is readily evident. They make a superb team throughout, catching every mood and nuance of each sonata.
Beethoven based two of the variation sets on Mozart's "Magic Flute," and the third set on Georg Fridrich Handel's "Judas Maccabeus." Jean Francaix (pianist) and Maurice Gendron (cellist) are equally brilliant in their performances of these cello and piano variations. As always with Philips Duo releases, sound quality is absolutely first class. Lovers of Beethoven's music (especially his chamber works) will find this 2-CD set an essential addition to their collection.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars where is the surprise? February 16, 2000
By Gorky
Format:Audio CD
There is nothing much to add on positive comments of other reviewers on the marvelous interpretation by Richter and Rostropovich, the gorgeous sound of cello, emotional and perfectly balanced by the piano in the sonates. This record has been awarded three time as the year record in France, Germany and Japan? But what to say on the variations especially the one adapted from Mozart's Zauberflote on the theme of Papageno? Listen the 7 variations (track 7 on the record-2) a melody so beautiful that you will never forget it! Who knows Maurice Gendron? the timbre of his cello is rich, deep, textural and the rythm perfect. This is the surprise added already to the fantastic duo of artists mentioned before. This set is a reference not only for the sonates but also a pleasure always renewed when listening. Philips has made a good choice by completing the CD with variations from Handel and Mozart. it and dream about, it is wonderful.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the treasures of the Classical Catalogue April 17, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I take issue with one of the reviewers below. This set of Beethoven Cello Sonatas is one of the greatest treasures of the classical catalogue.
This performance is absolutely magnetic from first to last. I have seldom come across a performance that is so compelling. I never thought of Beethoven's Cello Sonatas among his "stronger" works - like his Symphonies, Piano Concertos and Piano Sonatas. But these two great artists really makes the case for Beethoven's Cello Sonatas. Such compelling performances, such ravishing cello playing, such clear and wonderfully infectious piano playing. This cycle keeps you magnetized from first to last.
A strong point of this cycle is that Richter views the Cello as an EQUAL partner with the piano. So the piano here never dominates the performance unlike many other recordings. The Cello and the Piano are like two best friends having a wonderful conversation. Richter plays the piano fantastically - every note is in place and the tempi marvellously judged. There is an infectious spring in his playing - like lambs skipping about joyfully. Rostropovich on the other hand rises up to Richter's challenge and plays very sweetly, with spring when needed. Indeed, the music emanating from his Cello has a wonderful sweetness that I seldom hear. The legato is simply fabulous. Lynn Harrell on the Ashkenazy set is surely not up to this standard. The Ashkenazy/Harrell set by the way is also outstanding. But the performance is of a different "perspective" more hard-driven. Here, there is a wonderful singing line, and a poetic insight which is so captivating.
Charges of "static and humorless", "banal and savorless", "bringing out neither the majesty and fervor nor the lyricism and wit of Beethoven" ? This is no pure display of technical bravura but music making on the highest plane.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Performance and Production to Consider June 26, 2010
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I wholeheartedly agree with the five stars for this performance. The synergy between Rostropovich and Richter is uncanny at times. I have nothing new to add on that score that has not already been said. Why three stars, then? The production. These recordings were originally made in the early sixties. Sonata 3 in the UK in 1961, sonatas 2&4 in Austria in 1962, sonatas 1&5 in the Netherlands in 1966. They were remastered and released in 1994. Philips has a reputation for quality recordings, but whoever worked on these dropped the ball. The first sound you hear when the cd begins is not beautiful music, but a high, harsh hissing that remains active throughout the recordings. This at times distracts from the Pianissimo passages, and is absolutely disruptive of the Pianissimissimo passages, with the softest of notes blending into the hiss.

Now, that having been said, if you are someone who can filter out background noise, then this might not be an issue at all. If you are sensitive to such noises, and prefer crystal clarity to your recordings, then this one might well disappoint, as it did with me.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rostropovich and Richter; need we say more? June 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This recording provides the perfect balance between the two instruments, on top of just the great performing abilities of the two musicians. I was left shaking for moments after listening to the entire recording; both of them put a remarkable amount of emotion into their playing. Do not even consider another recording; this is the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Miguel
5.0 out of 5 stars Another treasure from Mercury Living Presence!
Coming to Beethoven's 3rd Cello Sonata after listening to the first two on CD #1 is a somewhat startling change. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. K. Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Wonderful performances of these pieces. Musicianship, tempi, performance practice all well done. Comfortable music for an evening or quiet day.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for Cello and Piano
I love to actually see and hear musicians perform. Just audio no longer suits me. I want more like this!.
Published 15 months ago by Elaine Needham
5.0 out of 5 stars Just in case others fail to convince you
This has been around for many decades and superseded by wunderkind in each new generation. Well, the musicianship, musicality and intellectual sinew you will discover here is in a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Garry Feeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven, Richter, Rostropovich ... That says it all.
It doesnt get better than this! The vinyl sounds better, but it will not work in my car. Buy this set; you will love it!
Published 17 months ago by R. Pollak
5.0 out of 5 stars A standout among many excellent recordings of Beethoven's works for...
The five sonatas for cello and piano may not be the most ambitious or profound works that Beethoven wrote, but they bear the unmistakable stamp of his imagination and are very... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gwac
1.0 out of 5 stars HISSING SOUND
To The Amazon Team:

When I ordered the label was Philips (as on the Amazon website)

The CD received was from DECCA Label (Please update the images atleast,... Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by Musical Infinite
2.0 out of 5 stars Richter is a genius; Rostropovich not in the same league
I bought this CD on the strength my opinion of Richter's collection of Bach piano music, and was not disappointed upon hearing his playing here either. Read more
Published on November 23, 2010 by Thomas Hartmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Standard Recordings
Many people may find cello sonatas a great way to fall asleep but the five sonatas of Beethoven are vibrant and exciting chamber works. Read more
Published on July 16, 2009 by David A. Wend
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