Catalogue # MD3356
The complete cello sonatas and variations of Beethoven available on one 2 CD set. Cellists often moan about the lack of a cello concerto by Beethoven – and rightly so, but these eight works for cello and piano are the envy of many other instruments.
Beethoven had contact with a number of virtuoso cellists (Jean-Pierre and Jean-Louis Duport and Romberg to name a few). Beethoven even went so far as to offer to write a concerto for Romberg, but Romberg politely declined, saying he preferred to play his own compositions. In any case, we are grateful for these five sonatas and three sets of variations. In the late 18th century the cello was beginning to become known as a solo instrument with great expressive potential.
As a duo Zoe Knighton and Amir Farid debuted at Melbourne Recital Centre in 2009 and have since released two CDs on the Move label, performed in the ABC Sunday Live series, the Saturday Sessions (ABC), the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and throughout regional Victoria. As well- known chamber musicians in Australia’s premiere ensembles, Knighton and Farid bring a wealth of experience and onstage rapport to their partnership and performances, and are enjoying increasing demand for their intimate and sensitive live performances.
Zoe Knighton and Amir Farid are on their third album with Move Records, and each time they surpass their previous one. They’ve expanded in this release with 2 CDs of the complete Beethoven cello works. From two sets of variations on themes by Mozart right through to the meaty Sonatas I feel like we are being privileged to watch a duo musically grow. This is not just about cello with accompanying piano but about an equal partnership. Their years together are showing in the warmth and deliberation shown in each fabulous musical phrase.
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