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This review is from: Beethoven: The 5 Cello Sonatas (Audio CD)
The cello and piano sonatas are among Beethoven's most lively, melodious and inventive pieces. All five sonatas but especially the earlier three find the master in heroic mood, captured brilliantly by the two great Russians in these recordings. They reach great depths of emotion in the Adagio of the last sonata, one of the most moving pieces composed by Beethoven. I have heard many versions of these works, but in spite of some slightly recessed recording, these ones have given me unalloyed pleasure since I first encountered them on LP. Rostropovich huge tone is admirably balanced by Richter highly sensitive and even delicate pianism. For a man with huge hands and even bigger musical personality, the intimacy that he brings to the quieter movements is remarkable. You will not be disappointed.