Beethoven - Complete Music for Piano And Violoncello, Miklós Perényi, András Schiff

András Schiff and Miklós Perényi raise the Beethoven bar with this perfectly judged performance of his cello and piano music

Composer:  Beethoven
Repertoire: Complete Cello and Piano Music
Artists: András Schiff (piano), Miklós Perényi (cello)
Rating:  4/5 
Genre: Instrumental
Label: ECM New Series 1819/20

If the idea of two discs of cello and piano music – even Beethoven’s – sounds a touch intimidating, any such concerns drop away in the presence of playing of this standard. Perényi offers tawny, gloss-free warmth and mellowness  of tone, while Schiff brings spiritual dynamism and drama to the piano parts. The recorded sound – full, clear, with a perfectly judged touch of extra resonance – is a feast in itself.