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Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano & Cello
Ludwig van Beethoven, Emanuel Ax
Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano & Cello
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (6) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #2

These are among the finest modern recordings of Beethoven's Cello Sonatas. The two players are well matched, as they should be in this music, which is just as demanding for the pianist as for the cellist, if not more so....  more »

      
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All Artists: Ludwig van Beethoven, Emanuel Ax
Title: Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano & Cello
Members Wishing: 0
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Label: Sony
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Instruments, Strings
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 074644244625

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These are among the finest modern recordings of Beethoven's Cello Sonatas. The two players are well matched, as they should be in this music, which is just as demanding for the pianist as for the cellist, if not more so. They don't try to differentiate stylistically among early, middle, and late sonatas. They play them all in a large scale, concert-hall manner, which actually suits all of them very well. Unfortunately, in reducing this recording to two CDs, the producers have dropped one set of Variations, which was recorded. What is present, though, is choice. --Leslie Gerber

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Ma and Ax do it again!
06/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"At first I was hesitant to buy this set because of the price. But later I found out that it was well worth it. Their ability to basically control the instruments that they are playing is incredible. Most importantly is the feeling that they have put in to the Beethoven cello sonatas. I have noticed that of all the classical duos and trios that i have heard, Ma and Ax are the best. They seem to communicate well together while playing. This selection definitely receives five stars."
Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano & Cello - The Best
Olga Drucker | Palm City, FL | 06/01/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yoyo Ma and Emanuel Ax have done it again! Beethoven himself would have been delighted. To hear these two magnificent, expert masters of music bring out the musical nuances of these five Sonatas was pure joy for me, as a cellist, especially the fifth one. Listening to it has helped me understand it better, and as a consequence, play it better. It never gets easier, but hearing these two delightful musicians has been an unquestionable help, besides pure joy. The technical aspects of the recording is top quality as well. I have other recordings of these pieces, but none as beautiful as this. Whether you want to play it, or simply listen to it, my advice is: buy it!"