Cello Sonata No. 5 & Cello Sonata No. 3
Sol Gabetta, Violoncello
Nelson Goerner, Piano
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN:
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102, No. 2
Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
Recorded on 17 July 2016 in the Church in Saanen
Sol Gabetta and Beethoven
Sol Gabetta made a record of Beethoven‘s Triple Concerto (with Giuliano Carmignola, Dejan Lazić and Giovanni Antonini), she also recorded several sonatas (with Hélène Grimaud and Bertrand Chamayou). However, so far she hasn’t recorded any of the five Beethoven Sonatas. Even so, it’s always marvellous to hear her play Beethoven. His work requires her stylistic bravura as well as her great expressive power.
We’re absolutely delighted to present you with two rare live-recordings of Sol Gabetta playing Beethoven: There is on one hand the Beethoven-Soirée (27 July 2018) where she’s playing with the legendary Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. On the other hand we celebrate her performing the «Gala à deux» with her fellow-countryman Nelson Goerner (17 July 2016). They presented us both the Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major and the Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major.
Close to the «Pastoral»
The Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major is particularly well-suited to Sol Gabetta’s playing style. The No. 28 was composed a decade after the first two cello sonatas. Unlike these two pieces full of unrestrained pathos, the Piano Sonata No. 28 is characterized by a more composed style, allowing the artist to showcase the finer nuances in her playing. (Having studied with Ivan Monighetti and David Geringas, Sol Gabetta obviously masters all these nuances.) Some experts believe the beautifully serene No. 28 to be the herald of the lyrical Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral). One thing however is certain: It was Carl Czerny, Beethoven’s most gifted student, who played the piano at the first performance ever. Two centuries later Sol Gabetta can count on Nelson Goerner and his magnificent and inspired style. One of the best pianists of his generation, he has not only played in all the great concert halls on this planet. He is also professor at the Haute école de musique de Genève und at the Barenboim-Said-Akademie in Berlin.