Beethoven: Sonatine; Piano Trio / Maxim Rysanov, Kristine Blaumane, Jacob Katsnelson

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Pieces (5) for musical clock, WoO 33
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Duo for viola & cello in E flat, WoO 32
>     1. Allegro
>     2. Menuetto
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Notturno for Viola and Piano in D major, Op. 42
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Pieces (5) for musical clock, WoO 33
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Duo for viola & cello in E flat, WoO 32
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Notturno for Viola and Piano in D major, Op. 42
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording featuring violist Maxim Rysanov contrasts rare early Beethoven with some of the composer's finest late works. The Sonatine WoO 33 was published together with three movements for mechanical clock that Beethoven composed in the early 1790s. The Clarinet Trio Op.11 is heard here in Rysanov's own arrangement with the viola replacing the clarinet. Beethoven's early Serenade for string trio Op.8 of 1797 was arranged for viola and piano in 1804 as Op.42. The work's "Theme, Variations and March," in a version by William Primrose, is offered here. The program concludes with the Cello Sonata No.5 played by Kristine Blaumane and pianist Jacob Katsnelson.

The Observer, August 2012
Arranging and unearthing are key words here...Hard though it might be to sum up this assortment in a simple category, it is chamber music playing of intimacy, range and flair.

The Telegraph, August 2012
The individuality and strength of idea that Beethoven brings to a classical format is dynamically vivified; the Clarinet Trio sounds thoroughly idiomatic in its viola manifestation; and Katsnelson and Blaumane give a sublime, sinewy performance of the Fifth Cello Sonata. A fascinating disc.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
This is the kind of disc that could easily get overlooked, offering as it does a potpourri of mostly lesser-known Beethoven. But that would be a great shame, for it's packed full of delicious surprises, superbly played...there are plenty of opportunities to relish the beauty of Maxim Rysanov's sound in the upper reaches...The rip-roaring finale [of the Clarinet Trio] is particularly effective, dancing with wit and rhythmic elan.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
In the Clarinet Trio, Rysanov has adapted the violin part (itself Beethoven's own alternative for the perkier wind insturment) for viola. No harm in that, especially when the playing is as polished as this. But the lone masterpiece here is the Cello Sonata, Op. 102 No. 2, and Kristina Blaumane and Jacob Katsnelson really plumb the depths of its great Adagio.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: National Philharmonic Hall of Lithuania, Vilnius (04/2011).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Pieces (5) for musical clock, WoO 33
  • Performers: Maxim Rysanov (Viola); Kristina Blaumane (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1799

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Duo for viola & cello in E flat, WoO 32 :: 1. Allegro
  • Performers: Maxim Rysanov (Viola); Kristina Blaumane (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Duo for viola & cello in E flat, WoO 32 :: 2. Menuetto
  • Performers: Maxim Rysanov (Viola); Kristina Blaumane (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Notturno for Viola and Piano in D major, Op. 42
  • Performers: Jacob Katsnelson (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2
  • Performers: Jacob Katsnelson (Piano); Kristina Blaumane (Cello)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11
  • Performers: Jacob Katsnelson (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola); Kristina Blaumane (Cello)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1798