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Beethoven: Sonatas & Variations for Cello & Piano / Gautier Capuçon, cello; Frank Braley, piano

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 : 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
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a Theme by Handel, WoO 45
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Notes & Reviews:

Following on from last year's live recording of the Shostakovich cello concertos, this album sees Gautier return to the studio with his friend and recital partner of many years, Frank Braley, in a programme of Beethoven's Sonatas for Cello and Piano. In addition the album includes Beethoven's wonderful variations on three different themes – two on arias from Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte, and the other from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus. This is the first new recording of the complete Beethoven cello works for some time and is a long-awaited release. Making a guest appearance on the album is Erato cellist Edgar Moreau, who plays in the group of pieces by Falla. "This was the first time Edgar and I played together," says Garcia. "It felt spontaneous, like two friends getting to know each other."

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016
Gautier Caputon and Frank Braley deliver well-honed interpretations of these masterworks, offering perfect unanimity of ensemble and admirable clarity of texture throughout. The duo is at its best in the three sets of Variations where they manage to encapsulate a wide range of contrasting moods and timbres to impressive effect.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2016
With Beethoven there's always room for one more interpretation, and the quality of this new set is not in doubt... such is the quality of the musicianship that there are always plenty of fresh insights... the partnership is one of Classical balance, and the result is by turns poised, polished, intimate and exuberant... undeniably a class act.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Schloss Elmau, Austria (03/17/2016-03/23/2016).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1
  • Performers: Frank Braley (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
  • Notes: Schloss Elmau, Austria (03/17/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2
  • Performers: Frank Braley (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
  • Notes: Schloss Elmau, Austria (03/17/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69
  • Performers: Frank Braley (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
  • Notes: Schloss Elmau, Austria (03/17/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 7 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: Frank Braley (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
  • Notes: Schloss Elmau, Austria (03/17/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2
  • Performers: Frank Braley (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
  • Notes: Schloss Elmau, Austria (03/17/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46
  • Performers: Frank Braley (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
  • Notes: Schloss Elmau, Austria (03/17/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66
  • Performers: Frank Braley (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
  • Notes: Schloss Elmau, Austria (03/17/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 56 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: Frank Braley (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
  • Notes: Schloss Elmau, Austria (03/17/2016-03/23/2016)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796