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Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano

François-Frédéric Guy, Xavier Phillips

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This is the third instalment in François-Frédéric Guy’s traversal of Beethoven and the first to delve into the chamber music. He is well matched in intellect, musicianship and temperament by cellist Xavier Phillips as they journey from the ridiculous (the Variations on ‘See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes’, in which Guy dispatches the virtuoso piano part with complete aplomb, to delectable effect) to the sublime (the Op 102 Sonatas). The two sets of variations on themes from Mozart’s Magic Flute are a very different proposition from the ‘Conqu’ring Hero’ but just as persuasive, with the Op 66 set given a particularly sparkling reading. Competition is of course thick on the ground, not least from Isserlis and Levin (playing a tremendously characterful McNulty fortepiano), which was an obvious choice for Record of the Month in February 2014. But Phillips and Guy deserve that accolade just as richly and their utterly different sound world is equally riveting.

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Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano

François-Frédéric Guy

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DISC 1

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12 Variations in G Major on "See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes" from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45 00:10:35

François-Frédéric Guy, Performer - Xavier Phillips, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

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7 Variations in E-Flat Major on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, WoO 46 00:08:38

François-Frédéric Guy, Performer - Xavier Phillips, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

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12 Variations in F Major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Op. 66 00:08:44

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Cello Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5 No. 1

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I. Adagio sostenuto - II. Allegro 00:15:48

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III. Rondo. Allegro vivace 00:06:03

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Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2

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I. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo - II. Allegro molto piu tosto presto 00:17:29

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III. Rondo. Allegro 00:07:56

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DISC 2

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

1
I. Allegro, ma non tanto 00:11:45

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II. Scherzo (Allegro molto) 00:04:54

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III. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace 00:07:30

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Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1

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I. Andante - Allegro vivace 00:06:46

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II. Adagio - Allegro vivace 00:06:27

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Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102 No. 2

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I. Allegro con brio 00:06:12

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II. Adagio con moto sentimento d'affetto 00:08:48

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III. Allegro - Allegro fugato 00:04:10

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This is the third instalment in François-Frédéric Guy’s traversal of Beethoven and the first to delve into the chamber music. He is well matched in intellect, musicianship and temperament by cellist Xavier Phillips as they journey from the ridiculous (the Variations on ‘See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes’, in which Guy dispatches the virtuoso piano part with complete aplomb, to delectable effect) to the sublime (the Op 102 Sonatas). The two sets of variations on themes from Mozart’s Magic Flute are a very different proposition from the ‘Conqu’ring Hero’ but just as persuasive, with the Op 66 set given a particularly sparkling reading. Competition is of course thick on the ground, not least from Isserlis and Levin (playing a tremendously characterful McNulty fortepiano), which was an obvious choice for Record of the Month in February 2014. But Phillips and Guy deserve that accolade just as richly and their utterly different sound world is equally riveting.

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