Classical home listening: Beethoven’s cello and piano sonatas and more

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– Beethovens music for cello and piano is not a rarity, but 4 new recordings in the past year alone is undoubtedly an exception. Next (on Avie) was Jennifer Kloetzel, one-time cellist of the Cypress Quartet, with Robert Koenig on a period Blüthner piano: vigorous and admirably curious in the total cello works, which consist of 3 sets of variations and the horn sonata, Op 17, that Beethoven set up for cello.The latest recording, of the sonatas just (out on digital; on CD next month), is from Alisa Weilerstein, top among mid-career players, with her routine partner, pianist Inon Barnatan (Pentatone). The test piece for anybody sampling these outstanding sets is the finest understood sonata, No 3 in A significant Op 69, in which piano and cello discover full equality. She is engaging, too, in the Op 102 sonatas, the very first (No 4 in C major) knotty, condensed and mystical, the 2nd (No 5 in D major) apparently more uncomplicated, with its tender main movement theme, but pointing towards the experiences of the composers late style.The fourth new Beethoven set, again of the total works, is an exciting addition, from Sung-Won Yang (who recorded the complete Beethoven in 2007) and pianist Enrico Pace (on Decca, just readily available digitally in the UK). – Ready or Not by the Portland, Maine ensemble Palaver Strings (Azika) commemorates string ensemble works from the Renaissance to the present, all by female authors.

– Beethovens music for cello and piano is not a rarity, however four new recordings in the previous year alone is definitely an exception. Came experienced cellist Yo Ma, providing seasoned poetry to the 5 sonatas with the pianist Emanuel Ax (Sony) 40 years after the duos first recording. Next (on Avie) was Jennifer Kloetzel, one-time cellist of the Cypress Quartet, with Robert Koenig on a duration Blüthner piano: vigorous and admirably analytical in the total cello works, which consist of three sets of variations and the horn sonata, Op 17, that Beethoven scheduled cello.The newest recording, of the sonatas just (out on digital; on CD next month), is from Alisa Weilerstein, top amongst mid-career gamers, with her routine partner, pianist Inon Barnatan (Pentatone). The test piece for anybody tasting these exceptional sets is the very best known sonata, No 3 in A significant Op 69, in which piano and cello find full equality. A peerless service technician, Weilerstein welcomes both the extensive lyricism and vulnerable strength of this work, the singing melodies contrasted with explosive “middle duration” drama. She is engaging, too, in the Op 102 sonatas, the first (No 4 in C significant) knotty, mystical and condensed, the 2nd (No 5 in D significant) apparently more simple, with its tender main motion theme, but pointing towards the adventures of the composers late style.The fourth brand-new Beethoven set, once again of the complete works, is an exciting addition, from Sung-Won Yang (who tape-recorded the total Beethoven in 2007) and pianist Enrico Pace (on Decca, only available digitally in the UK). At the minute this is the set that draws me, however I might change my mind. – Ready or Not by the Portland, Maine ensemble Palaver Strings (Azika) celebrates string ensemble works from the Renaissance to today, all by female authors. It opens with the baroque-inspired Concerto Grosso by Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-69). The Venetian lutenist, vocalist and composer Maddalena Casulana (c1544-90) is represented by a string variation of her emotional madrigal Morir non può il mio cuore (My heart can not pass away). In Lagrime mie by Barbara Strozzi (1619-77), the mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux reveals the laments intense power. A beautiful, jazzy elegy, Fear the Lamb, by Chicago composer Akenya Seymour, keeps in mind the brief life of the American civil rights icon Emmet Till. With Irish-inspired folk messing to close, the disc ends on a high.
– Live from Milton Court, London: the BBC Singers perform Joby Talbots Path of Miracles, inspired by the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. Plus a new work, Seen, by Joanna Marsh. Friday, 7.30 pm, Radio 3/BBC Sounds.

House listening
From Kloetzel and Koenig to Weilerstein and Barnatan, a flurry of brand-new Beethoven double acts each deal something brand-new. And Palaver Strings savor the work of women through the ages