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Beethoven: Complete Works for cello & piano / Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello; Alexander Melnikov, piano [2 CDs]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in F major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66
>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 : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69
>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 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
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Notes & Reviews:

This collection of the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven featuring cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexander Melnikov includes works that offer a taste of each of the composer's three stylistic periods. The first sonata and the delightful variations on themes by Handel and Mozart represent his 'early' period style, whereas the Op.69 sonata typifies the 'middle' period. The two sublime sonatas of Op.102 herald the unprecedented stylistic freedom of the composer's final decade.

The Telegraph, 23rd September 2014
Not to be missed...The playing here combines breadth and urgency with, for example, a touching tenderness in the simplicity of the slow introduction to the C major Sonata Op?102 No?1...It all adds up to a valuable set for admirers both of Queyras and Melnikov, and of Beethoven.

The Observer, 19th October 2014
[Queyras's] partnership with the Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov is an ideal match: both are sensitive, responsive chamber musicians, alert to colour and detail, never excessive.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Here is a highly listenable recording of the Beethoven oeuvre, played with delicacy and drama, warm and clear in sound and programmed with imagination. The program begins with the lively and innocent variations on Mozart's 'Eine Madchen oder Weibchen', starting us off with early Beethoven at his most attractive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (10/2013/12/2013).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in F major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1796.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 29 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: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1807-1808

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815