Beethoven: Sonatas for Fortepiano and Cello Op 102, Six Bagatelles / Zivian-Tomkins Duo

Album Summary

>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 : Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 126
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69
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Notes & Reviews:

Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian have been described as "imaginative musicians - musicians who not only understand Beethoven's music, but who know how to intensify its values on the particular instruments being employed" (Jonathan Seville, San Diego Reader). The Zivian-Tomkins Duo is heard on this CD in an all-Beethoven recital performed on period instruments. Ms. Tomkins plays on a Classical period cello by Joseph Panormo (London, 1811); and Mr. Zivian performs on a fortepiano built by Salvatore Lagrassa (Vienna, 1815). The combination of the Zivian-Tomkins Duo's virtuosity and the seductively colorful brilliance of these pieces heard on original instruments makes for a fascinating listening experience.

”Thompkins and Zivian play so-called original instruments from 1811 and 1815. That means, of course, that the fortepiano will not have the power of a modern piano. The players are emphatic and intense, with heavy accents and shifts in dynamics. Parts of the first movement of A Major sound positively fierceit is different and intriguing. A distinguishing feature of this disc is the inclusion of the interesting Six Bagatelles, op. 126. Here, in these sometimes-quirky works, Zivian sounds perfectly at home”-Fanfare



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1
  • Performers: Tanya Tomkins (Cello); Eric Zivian (Fortepiano)
  • Ensemble: Zivian-Tomkins Duo
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2
  • Performers: Tanya Tomkins (Cello); Eric Zivian (Fortepiano)
  • Ensemble: Zivian-Tomkins Duo
  • Running Time: 18 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 126
  • Performer: Eric Zivian (Fortepiano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1823

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69
  • Performers: Tanya Tomkins (Cello); Eric Zivian (Fortepiano)
  • Ensemble: Zivian-Tomkins Duo
  • Running Time: 18 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1807-1808