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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Vol. 2

Album Summary

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

The mercurial partnership of Angela Hewitt and Daniel Muller-Schott brought overwhelming intensity and emotional gravitas to their first disc of Beethoven's cello sonatas. Here in this second volume they present two more of these groundbreaking masterpieces, together with the composer's homages to Mozart and Handel - works that are equally important components of the cello repertoire. Hewitt's characteristic digital dexterity and deep understanding of the classical style and Muller-Schott's vibrant playing combine to create performances of great energy and sensitivity.

"Excellent in drama... replete with alertness and virtuosity... Their balance of forces is beautifully handled... The poise and depth of feeling evident in their interpretation of the Opus 102 sonatas coupled with the light and airy variations is a joy. Their set goes on my "outstanding" list. This is a pair that I would like to hear play anything. If you want the complete set Volume I is Hyperion 67633." - American Record Guide

'Once again Müller-Schott and Hewitt deliver strong and committed performances characterised by great attention to detail and wonderful musical interaction. The three sets of variations are projected with charm, elegance and virtuosity' (BBC Music Magazine)

'These performances are strongly characterised, clearly etched and full of life and drama. The account of the D major Sonata's great, sombre Adagio is powerfully eloquent ... with Müller-Schott demonstrating a breathtaking control of subtle changes in tone and dynamic level' (Gramophone)

'[D major sonata] They project the D major middle section as the ray of light it is. Then they excel in projecting the final fugue clearly, while giving free rein to its sharp cross-accents and registral leaps. Here, Müller-Schott brings a steely intensity to his high passages and an effective growling colour to those down below, while Hewitt deploys her Bachian expertise to advantage, yet conveys Beethoven's counterpoint as pianistically spikier and more rebarbative' (International Record Review)

'Absorbing interpretations, where the two players instinctively click and the music comes across with vibrancy, sensitivity and a galvanising unanimity of purpose' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Müller-Schott is certianly one of the finest cellists before the public today, and this is his core native repertory. The performances have the winning freshness of rediscovery' (The Sunday Times)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (D) (03/20/2009-03/23/2009).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a Theme by Handel, WoO 45
  • Performers: Angela Hewitt (Piano); Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (D) (03/20/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1
  • Performers: Angela Hewitt (Piano); Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (D) (03/20/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66
  • Performers: Angela Hewitt (Piano); Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (D) (03/20/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46
  • Performers: Angela Hewitt (Piano); Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (D) (03/20/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2
  • Performers: Angela Hewitt (Piano); Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (D) (03/20/2009-03/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815