February 22, 2015
NEW RELEASE OF THE WEEK
Pentatone PTC 5186 475
Beethoven: Cello Sonata No 3 in A major, Op 69 (26:11)
Matt Haimovitz, cello; Christopher O’Riley, fortepiano
This release journeys back to the birth of the cello/piano genre with Beethoven’s complete sonatas and variations, recorded on period instruments. Matt Haimovitz plays his own Goffriller cello, crafted in Venice in 1710 and set up with gut strings also from Italy and an early 19th-century rosewood tailpiece. Haimovitz uses a Dominique Peccatte bow of the same era. Joining him is a frequent collaborator, Christopher O’Riley, who plays on an original Broadwood fortepiano made in 1823.