Steven Isserlis & Robert Levin 1, 23 août 2016 11:00, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Beethoven’s complete works for cello and fortepiano
‘There is no more powerful figure in the history of the arts,’ says Steven Isserlis of Ludwig van Beethoven. In a special two-concert Festival residency, the eminent cellist, writer and teacher performs the complete works for cello and keyboard by Beethoven, joined by the dramatic fortepianist and scholar Robert Levin.
Spanning Beethoven’s entire creative life, the cello sonatas chart the composer’s remarkable journey from Classical master to otherworldly mystic in his late music of unearthly beauty. Isserlis and Levin – both renowned for their highly intelligent interpretations – have been performing the Beethoven sonatas together since 2004, to enormous acclaim, and released a benchmark recording of them in 2014.
For the first of their two recitals, they contrast the flashy keyboard pyrotechnics of the early Cello Sonata in F Op 5 No 1 with the dazzling lyricism of the A major Sonata Op 69, by way of Beethoven’s joyful sets of humorous variations on themes by Handel and Mozart.
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