This outstanding cmaiplotion contains some of Ludwig van Beethoven's lesser known chamber music masterpieces. In his lifetime, Beethoven composed 5 cello sonatas and three sets of variations for cello and piano. Pianist Sviatoslav Richter and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, two of the great Russian masters of their instruments in the 20th century, give brilliant performances of the cello sonatas. Richter's and Rostropovich's enjoyment of the music and each other is readily evident. They make a superb team throughout, catching every mood and nuance of each sonata.Beethoven based two of the variation sets on Mozart's Magic Flute, and the third set on Georg Fridrich Handel's Judas Maccabeus. Jean Francaix (pianist) and Maurice Gendron (cellist) are equally brilliant in their performances of these cello and piano variations. As always with Philips Duo releases, sound quality is absolutely first class. Lovers of Beethoven's music (especially his chamber works) will find this 2-CD set an essential addition to their collection.
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