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listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in F, Op.5 No.1 - 1. Adagio sostenuto - AllegroSviatoslav Richter16:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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 Richter19:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2 - 2. Rondo (Allegro)Sviatoslav Richter 7:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69 - 1. Allegro ma non tantoSviatoslav Richter12:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
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 8:35$0.99  Buy MP3 


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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 7:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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 7:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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 9:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46Maurice Gendron10:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: 12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45Maurice Gendron12:57$0.99  Buy MP3 


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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
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000041A9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Artist: BEETHOVEN,L.V.
Title: MUSIC FOR CELLO & PIANO
Street Release Date: 10/11/1994
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Genre: CLASSICAL COMPOSERS

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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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That he did so is testimony to the range of his genius, a profound gift that we are prone to appreciate only for its depth.
David A. Baer
I think this performance is as good as or better than either of them; really it's a question of whether you need the clean digital sound.
Gwac
Lovers of Beethoven's music (especially his chamber works) will find this 2-CD set an essential addition to their collection.
Mike Powers

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mike Powers on May 29, 2000
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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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Gorky on February 16, 2000
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. Gohead....buy it and dream about, it is wonderful.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2003
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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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Centerra on 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 By A Customer on June 5, 1999
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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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