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MIKLÓS PERÉNYI / ANDRÁS SCHIFF

BEETHOVEN
Cellist Miklós Perényi and pianist András Schiff return to immerse audiences in another evening of Beethoven.
Programme

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) 
Twelve Variations for cello and piano on “See the conqu’ring hero comes” from G.F. Handel’s “Judas Maccabaeus”
Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 5 No. 2
Seven Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” from Die Zauberflöte by Mozart 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) 
Horn (Cello) Sonata in F major Op. 17 
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major Op. 102 No. 2 

Beethoven’s variations on Handel’s oratorio, Judas Maccabeus, probably date from 1796. While arguably they cast the piano in the leading role, the cello is very much its equal from the off in the Second Cello Sonata of the same year. From a slow, expressive introduction, this rolls into a virtuosic Allegro molto più tosto presto, before a cheerful final Rondo. The variations on The Magic Flute’s ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ date from only a few years later, in 1801, as does the Horn Sonata in F written for the Italian horn virtuoso, Giovanni Punto. The latter follows an Allegro with the briefest Poco Adagio, before an elegant Rondo finale. Meanwhile it’s the deeply expressive central slow movement that’s the longest in the Fifth Cello Sonata of 1815, sitting between a bold Allegro con brio and a fugal finale.