Steven Isserlis & Robert Levin 2, 24 août 2016 11:00, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Beethoven’s complete works for cello and fortepiano
Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin complete their Festival survey of Beethoven’s complete music for cello and keyboard with a recital contrasting the composer’s elegant early Classicism with the searching spirituality of his late works.
Exploring the sounds and techniques that Beethoven himself would have known, Isserlis and Levin draw on the clarity and sonic richness of a fortepiano, and a cello strung with authentic gut strings.
Isserlis describes the G minor Sonata Op 5 No 2 as being almost like a trip to the opera, with melodious arias and high drama. The Op 102 Sonatas, however, occupy an entirely different world, one of remarkable concentration, heroism and humour. Isserlis and Levin begin with the composer looking at different aspects of love in his highly lyrical variations on a duet from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
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