Beethoven - Cello Sonatas | Onyx ONYX4196

Beethoven - Cello Sonatas


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Label: Onyx

Cat No: ONYX4196

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 31st May 2019



The five Cello Sonatas span Beethoven’s three creative periods, with the audacious op.5 Sonatas dating from the early years on his time in Vienna as a piano virtuoso and aspiring composer (1792-99), the great op.69 Sonata is from the period that saw the composition of Symphonies 4-8, the Violin Concerto, Mass in C and the String Quartets op59.

The two op.102 Sonatas are from the cusp of the ‘late’ period, this is the time of the Ninth Symphony, the Missa solemnis, the great string quartets opp.127-135 and the last five piano sonatas.

The cello and piano are truly equal partners in all these works and Beethoven exploited the full range of the cello placing great demands on the player.

The op.17 Sonata from the 1790s was composed for horn and piano. The transcription is believed to be by the composer, or at least approved by him.


There’s little in Beethoven’s output that’s undervalued but I have the sense that the cello sonatas don’t quite get the respect they deserve. ... In Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk’s hands, these sonatas’ staggering invention is impossible to ignore. The musicians’ success comes, at least in part, from scrupulous attention to the composer’s markings in matters of dynamics and articulation.  Andrew Farach-Colton
Gramophone June 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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