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András Schiff and Miklós Perényi raise the Beethoven bar with this perfectly judged performance of his cello and piano music
Repertoire: Complete Cello and Piano Music
Artists: András Schiff (piano), Miklós Perényi (cello)
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.