Beethoven: Complete Cello Sonatas & Variations for cello and piano, Op. 69

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COMPOSERS: Beethoven
LABELS: Hyperion Dyad
WORKS: Complete Cello Sonatas & Variations for cello and piano, Op. 69
PERFORMER: Anthony Pleeth (cello); Melvyn Tan (fortepiano)
CATALOGUE NO: CDD 22004 (1988)
Pierre Fournier’s 1965 collaboration with Wilhelm Kempff yielded one of the greatest complete recordings of the Beethoven cello sonatas. Their account of Op. 69 epitomises the nobility and eloquence of these unparalleled interpretations, and CD transfers are remarkably spacious and detailed. Anthony Pleeth’s cycle, with fortepianist Melvyn Tan, was the first to employ modern reproductions of instruments of the Beethovenian epoch. These artists make the historical concessions without minimising the drama and passion of the music; the sound is warm, but insufficiently focused. Michael Jameson

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