Thursday, November 05, 2015

Lynn Harrell & Vladimir Ashkenazy
"Beethoven: The Cello Sonatas" (Vinyl)

The cello sonatas, like Beethoven's string quartets, can act as vignettes into his life, highlighting his compositional and emotional maturity at different points during his output.

The early sonatas (1 & 2) belong to the very early Opus 5 and show a young Beethoven still wrestling with the traditional forms of his predecessors while the more famous 4th and 5th sonatas (Opus 102) come from the composer during his most revolutionary period.

Harrell attacks the early sonatas in this cycle with a sort of intensity that I'm not sure I like.  Perhaps this ferocity will be more appropriate for the later sonatas on the second LP when I manage to arrive there.

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