Sir András Schiff © Priska Ketterer
Miklós Perényi / Sir András Schiff
Miklós Perényi, Violoncello
Sir András Schiff, Klavier
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonate F-Dur op. 5/1 für Violoncello und Klavier (1796)
Sonate C-Dur op. 102/1 für Violoncello und Klavier (1815)
Zwölf Variationen F-Dur über «Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen» aus Mozarts «Zauberflöte» op. 66 für Violoncello und Klavier (1796)
Sonate A-Dur op. 69 für Violoncello und Klavier (1807-1808)
«Unusual and odd »
When it comes to the best, great artists have always been ready to come together. Artists such as Pablo Casals and Rudolf Serkin, Gregor Piatigorsky and Solomon, Pierre Fournier and Friedrich Gulda, Mischa Maisky and Martha Argerich. What are we talking about? About the first masterpieces for cello and piano: the five sonatas and three cycles of variations by Ludwig van Beethoven.
It is astonishing how Beethoven finds the perfect balance between the two instruments right from the very begnning, even though there were no precedents for this particular instrumental combination. But the sonatas are also highly regarded for the joy in experimenting that characterise these works. The two last sonatas, the Op. 102 written in 1815, are very much equal in stature to Beethoven’s final string quartets. His contemporaries recognised that, too. Like the critic of the renowned Leipzig newspaper, the «Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung», they rightfully described the works as «most unusual and most odd».
Among the great interpreters of today who have explored this cosmos are Sir András Schiff and his compatriot Miklós Perényi. Together they will perform Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano on April 19 and 21 in the Mozart Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus. The concerts will also mark the end of the special portrait series dedicated to Schiff. Like the pianist’s, the repertoire of cellist Perényi is wide and includes contemporary works. His recordings of the Dvořák and Ligeti concertos enjoy cult status. His playing is characterised by virtuosity, a clear and focussed tone and an exquisite sense of style and taste. Schiff is his ideal partner, but it’s a partnership that also allows room for personal traits, too.
In addition to the five sonatas and three cycles of variations, the two Budapest-born and –trained musicians will also perform – as on their critically acclaimed CD from 2003 – Beethoven’s only sonata for horn and piano, in an arrangement for cello and piano, of course.