Mischa Maisky / Martha Argerich

Beethoven: The Cello Sonatas

(Digital Download - Deutsche Grammophon #)

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There have been great performances of Beethoven's works for cello and piano before -- the classic Casals/Serkin, the magisterial Rostropovich/Richter, the magnificent Fournier/Kempff -- but for sheer passion and power, these recordings by cellist Mischa Maisky and pianist Martha Argerich simply cannot be bettered. Maisky has a virtuoso technique coupled with a warmly singing tone; Argerich has a super-virtuoso technique coupled with fiery interpretations; together they play like lovers who know every way to excite and satisfy each other. In Maisky and Argerich's performances, the early sonatas sound like the greatest works ever written for cello and piano, the Op. 69 sonata sounds as great as the Symphony No. 5 or the "Waldstein" Sonata, the Op. 102 sonatas sound as innovative and profound as the late quartets, and even the sets of variations sound like brilliantly inspired works. This is as great a set of Beethoven's cello and piano works as has ever been recorded.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66
1 00:31 Amazon
2 00:32 Amazon
3 00:30 Amazon
4 00:28 Amazon
5 00:31 Amazon
6 00:30 Amazon
7 00:24 Amazon
8 00:42 Amazon
9 00:26 Amazon
10 00:34 Amazon
11 01:18 Amazon
12 01:12 Amazon
13 01:39 Amazon
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in F, Op.5 No.1
14 03:00 Amazon
15 12:33 Amazon
16 01:25 Amazon
17 06:30 Amazon
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2
18 05:27 Amazon
19 09:42 Amazon
20 07:33 Amazon
7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46
21 01:01 Amazon
22 00:38 Amazon
23 00:40 Amazon
24 01:00 Amazon
25 01:30 Amazon
26 00:35 Amazon
27 02:35 Amazon
28 01:49 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69
1 12:40
2 05:02
3 01:59
4 06:23
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.4 in C, Op.102 No.1
5 02:59
6 04:54
7 03:21
8 03:59
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.5 in D, Op.102 No.2
9 06:33
10 08:34
11 03:43
12 Variations on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45
12 00:43
13 00:38
14 00:36
15 00:40
16 00:46
17 00:53
18 00:39
19 00:33
20 00:38
21 00:41
22 00:40
23 03:24
24 00:56
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