Breaking through modern listening habits, the new CD provides deep insights into the tonal repertoire that Beethoven envisioned while composing. The carefully produced recording and excellent commentary in the booklet offer a unique experience of the liveliness and joy in making music with which this entertaining repertoire was first performed and received in the intimate and educated circle of music salons of Beethoven’s day.
The pianist Liese Klahn and the cellist Peter Hörr are among the most experienced instrumentalists for historical string and keyboard instruments. For this new recording, they have forged a musical alliance with the horn player Stephan Katte, one of the most sought-after natural horn players, in order to reinterpret the music within the context of the original sound of the historical instruments. In this recording, the musicians have explored works that represent the jewels in Beethoven’s oeuvre and have provided deep insights into chamber music dating from an early, more carefree creative period in the composer’s life. The recording is the consequential extension of the 5 Cello Sonatas and includes the three variation cycles for pianoforte and violoncello on famous themes from Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabäus (chorus “See the conqu’ring hero comes”) and Mozart’s Magic Flute (aria “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” and duet “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”). The Andante favori, originally composed for the Waldstein Sonata, and the Sonata for Pianoforte and Horn round off the chamber music spectrum of the period.
Title: Ludwig van Beethoven Chamber Music
Artist: Peter Hörr, Violoncello | Stefan Katte, Horn | Liese Klahn, Pianoforte
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Date of release: 12 / 5 / 2020
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