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Beethoven Cello Sonatas, Op. 5, Nos. 1 & 2

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1Sonata No. 1 in F Major for Piano and Cello, Op. 5, No. 1: Adagio sostenuto2:51
2Sonata No. 1 in F Major for Piano and Cello, Op. 5, No. 1: Allegro13:59
3Sonata No. 1 in F Major for Piano and Cello, Op. 5, No. 1: Rondo: Allegro vivace6:46
4Sonata No. 2 in G Minor for Piano and Cello, Op. 5, No. 2: Adagio sostenuto e espressivo4:53
5Sonata No. 2 in G Minor for Piano and Cello, Op. 5, No. 2: Allegro molto piu tosto presto9:13
6Sonata No. 2 in G Minor for Piano and Cello, Op. 5, No. 2: Rondo: Allegro9:00

About this Album

The CD of this album is available to purchase at ArkivMusic.

Written in 1796 for Prussian monarch Fredrick William II, an accomplished cellist, the two Opus 5 sonatas are not only the first sonatas for piano and cello, but Beethoven’s first seriously unique pieces, in which he stepped out from the influence of Haydn and Mozart and asserted himself as an original presence. Malcolm Bilson and Anner Bylsma perform these landmark works here on period instruments in order to recreate the nuances of dynamic, timbre, and pitch originally envisioned by the composer.

Credits

MUSICIANS
Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano
Anner Bylsma, cello

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Recorded July 1986 at the Old Catholic Church, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Engineered by Clavigram, Leerdam, The Netherlands

Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg

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