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Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano and Cello / Pressler, Meneses

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a Theme by Handel, WoO 45
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46
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Notes & Reviews:

"The joy of hearing two master musicians getting Beethoven absolutely right." -Gramophone Editor's Choice

BBC Music Magazine
... a wonderful testament to the exemplary partnership that has developed between cellist Antonio Menses and pianist Menahem Pressler over the past decade.

Fanfare
These are great, illuminating performances

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Between them, Menahem Pressler and Antonio Meneses offer us a rare listening privilege, with playing that is at once intimate, conversational, reposeful, intelligent and, above all, simple in its musical intentions, which are, or seem to be, to present the music without excessive interpretative intervention. Not that these are in any way bland performances: Pressler may now be a venerable 84 but his wisdom isn't at a high premium, either mentally or physically: both his mind and to a large extent his fingers are still remarkably agile. Maybe the call to arms in the first movement of the Third Sonata, Op 69, sounds less forceful than on some rival versions, but it certainly doesn't drag and the crucial virtue is concentration: throughout this set both players hold the line without letting it flag and although moments of rapt intensity are far too plentiful to catalogue in detail.

The outer movements of both Op 102 sonatas achieve clarity without clatter (some pianists force an excessively hard tone here) but if you fancy a prime sampling of Meneses/Pressler magic, then sample the Conqu'ring Hero Variations, starting with the chorale-like piano variation then picking up the tempo before relaxing again for some slow-breathing dialogue. There's nothing sensational about it, no showing off or theatrical arching of eyebrows, just the joy of hearing two seasoned players getting it absolutely right. A rare privilege, and a credible, gently stated alternative to more forthright sets.

Gramophone Magazine
Menahem Pressler and Antonio Meneses offer us a rare listening privilege, with playing that is at once intimate, conversational, reposeful, intelligent and, above all, simple in its musical intentions.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Menahem Pressler (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/18/2007-12/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Menahem Pressler (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/18/2007-12/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a Theme by Handel, WoO 45
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Menahem Pressler (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/18/2007-12/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Menahem Pressler (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/18/2007-12/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Menahem Pressler (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/18/2007-12/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1807-1808

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Menahem Pressler (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/18/2007-12/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Menahem Pressler (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/18/2007-12/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Menahem Pressler (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/18/2007-12/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801