Beethoven: The Music for Cello and Piano (Label: Deutsche Grammophon, Import)
Wilhem Kempff - Piano
Pierre Fournier - Cello

Beethoven’s chamber music is a glorious chapter of his composition library. However, some of his very fine chamber works are not as well-known. Amongst which are his cello sontatas. Personally, I find his Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major especially charming and exceptionally moving.

Alongside with the completion of this Cello Sonata in A major, for cello and piano in 1808, are his great symphonies No. 5 & No. 6. Typically of Beethoven, this Cello Sonata does not inherit the traditional sonata form of fast-slow-fast. Instead, the three movements are as follows:
Allegro ma non tanto
Scherzo, Allegro molto
Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace

I always have great admiration for Wilhelm Kempff, a German pianist who was widely known as an interpreter of Beethoven and Schubert. His unique touch on the piano never fails to sparkle the keys and melt the hearts. Pierre Fournier is a French cellist who was best known for his elegant musicianship and the remarkable sound he produced on his instrument.

When teamed with Wilhelm Kempff, both the cello and the piano complement each other intimately, yet balance each other spaciously.

The first movement is especially indulging. The poetic tone produced by both skilful soloist contain much energy and spirits. There may be an occasional switch of roles, but in general, the piano upports warmly while the cello soars and sings.

This is my favourite interpretation of this soulful and beautiful sonata. 

~Written by Boon Sin Ler

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