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Timo-Veikko Valve & Aura Go

Beethoven Cello Sonatas (2CD)

Ludwig van Beethoven is beloved around the world for both the grandeur of his musical vision and the intimacy of his emotional journey. His music speaks straight to the heart and makes a direct connection with listeners of all ages.

Beethoven’s five sonatas for cello and piano show the composer effectively creating a new medium where the cello and piano are in an equal partnership. They also span the full arc of the composer’s creative life, from the young man mastering traditions in order to break them, to the hard-won serenity of the composer triumphing over the catastrophic experience of his growing deafness, to the transcendent inner beauty of the mature master. On this album these visionary works are paired with the intense emotions of Anton Webern’s 20th-century works for cello and piano: music of immense scope distilled into mere moments of beauty and power.

Cellist Timo-Veikko (‘Tipi’) Valve is well known to Australian and international audiences as the Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra but is also in demand as a talented, creative and generous soloist and chamber music partner, effortlessly moving between classical and contemporary styles. On this significant recording he collaborates with virtuoso pianist Aura Go, recently lauded by The Age for her ‘eloquence and energy’. Her recital programs blending old and new music have won her great acclaim around the world.

CD1 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827 Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in F major, Op. 5 No. 1 Ia. Adagio sostenuto – Ib. Allegro II. Rondo (Allegro vivace) Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2 Ia. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo – Ib. Allegro molto più tosto presto II. Rondo (Allegro) ANTON WEBERN 1883–1945 Two Pieces I. Langsam II. Langsam CD2 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69 I. Allegro ma non tanto II. Scherzo (Allegro molto) III. Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace ANTON WEBERN Cello Sonata Three Little Pieces, Op. 11 I. Mäßige II. Sehr bewegt III. Äusserst ruhig LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102 No. 1 I. Andante – Allegro vivace II. Adagio – Tempo d’Andante – Allegro vivace Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2 I. Allegro con brio II. Adagio con molto sentimento d’affetto III. Allegro – Allegro fugato