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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (Duo Leonore)

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (Duo Leonore)

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2014

Originally recorded in 2014


Duo Leonore


Duo Leonore



Seon, Switzerland


Record Label
Solo Musica




Total Time - 112:57
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (Duo Leonore)




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Cello Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1

1 I. Adagio sostenuto 02:42
2 I. Allegro 14:49
3 II. Rondo: Allegro vivace 06:42

Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2

4 I. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo 06:21
5 II. Allegro molto piu tosto presto 10:43
6 III. Rondo: Allegro 08:57

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Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69

1 I. Allegro non tanto 13:17
2 II. Scherzo: Allegro molto 05:25
3 III. Adagio cantabile 01:53
4 III. Allegro vivace 07:12

Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1

5 I. Andante teneramente 02:32
6 II. Allegro vivace 05:20
7 III. Adagio 03:06
8 IV. Allegro vivace 04:20

Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2

9 I. Allegro con brio 06:48
10 II. Adagio con moto sentimento d'affetto 08:08
11 III. Allegro: Allegro fugato 04:42
 Duo Leonore Ensemble

 It is very difficult to find another composer whose uncompromising approach to his work created such an overwhelming impression on both his contemporaries and following generations. Ludwig van Beethoven leaves no-one untouched and is perhaps even more relevant in our modern, ephemeral society, in which there is seldom time to reflect. It therefore seems important and natural to us to present our version of these fantastic works.

Beethoven’s five cello sonatas are the quintessence of his personality and work: they exemplify creative development in an unparalleled manner.
We begin with the F major Sonata, marked by almost supernatural virtuosity in the typical spirit of Viennese Classicism. Our programme proceeds with the profound and powerful G minor Sonata, the A major Sonata with its much more lyrical subject matter, the C major Sonata with its concentrated musical material and vision of the future, and finally confronts the vast dimensions of the D major Sonata, with its magical slow movement and the final movement in the form of a wild fugue whose uncompromising ending might be the answer to the proposal in the F major Sonata.
We, Maja Weber, cello, and Per Lundberg, piano, have been playing chamber music together for more than twenty years, mostly in piano quartets and quintets. The idea of forming a duo was a natural consequence of our work together, and it was together that we chose the name "Duo Leonore". We have always shared a strong need for artistic expression - and that, like many other things in our society, is something that has hardly changed since Beethoven’s time. We find our mutual musical passion reflected most especially in his music. That is perhaps because of Beethoven’s uncompromising belief in the power of music. Leonore, the heroine of his opera Fidelio, symbolizes Beethoven’s aesthetics for us: her humanism, personal readiness to make sacrifices and courage ultimately lead to triumph.

 "... Maja Weber and Per Lundberg unite probing intellectual insight and profoundly felt emotional expression with playing of impeccable - dare I say, perfect? - execution to wchieve performances of these sonatas which, in my experience, are second to none. Urgent recommendation."     Jerry Dubins 


"... The sonics of this Solo Musica release deserve particular praise. Balance could not be better. the two instruments could almost be one. The players are recorded rather close, but not, to my ear, overly so. Although the recording venue is a church, there is no excessive reverberation. Nothing  is lost and clarity is paramount. An outsanding job... I cannot wait to hear more."       James Forrest 


"... This is an eminently worthwhile recording that will not disappoint. Kudos, too to the engineer, who captures, with exceptional clarity and a perfect balance between the instruments, an unusually warm ambiance."     John Bell Young


"... a true gem"      Maria Nockin

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