Beethoven: Cello Works (Remastered) Pierre Fournier & Wilhelm Kempff

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1966

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22.06.2018

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Sonata For Piano And Violoncello Op.5, No.1 In F Major:
  • 1Sonata For Piano And Violoncello Op.5, No.1 In F Major1. Adagio sostenuto - allegro14:30
  • 2Sonata For Piano And Violoncello Op.5, No.1 In F Major: 2. Rondo. Allegro vivace07:01
  • Sonata For Piano And Violoncello Op.5, No.2 In G Minor:
  • 3Sonata For Piano And Violoncello Op.5, No.2 In G Minor: 1. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo - Allegro molto più tosto presto12:58
  • 4Sonata For Piano And Violoncello Op.5, No.2 In G Minor: 2. Rondo. Allegro08:44
  • Sonata For Cello And Piano No.3 In A, Op.69:
  • 5Sonata For Cello And Piano No.3 In A, Op.69: 1. Allegro ma non tanto09:09
  • 6Sonata For Cello And Piano No.3 In A, Op.69: 2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)05:35
  • 7Sonata For Cello And Piano No.3 In A, Op.69: 3. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace07:05
  • Sonata For Cello And Piano No.4 In C, Op.102 No.1:
  • 8Sonata For Cello And Piano No.4 In C, Op.102 No.1: 1. Andante - Allegro vivace08:03
  • 9Sonata For Cello And Piano No.4 In C, Op.102 No.1: 2. Adagio - Tempo d'andante - Allegro vivace07:04
  • Sonata For Cello And Piano No.5 In D, Op.102 No.2:
  • 10Sonata For Cello And Piano No.5 In D, Op.102 No.2: 1. Allegro con brio06:36
  • 11Sonata For Cello And Piano No.5 In D, Op.102 No.2: 2. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto08:48
  • 12Sonata For Cello And Piano No.5 In D, Op.102 No.2: 3. Allegro - Allegro fugato04:41
  • 12 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45:
  • 1312 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Thema. Allegretto00:42
  • 1412 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation I00:41
  • 1512 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation II00:43
  • 1612 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation III00:42
  • 1712 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation IV00:46
  • 1812 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation V00:47
  • 1912 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation VI00:44
  • 2012 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation VII00:38
  • 2112 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation VIII00:41
  • 2212 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation IX00:42
  • 2312 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation X. Allegro00:40
  • 2412 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation XI. Adagio03:20
  • 2512 Variations On "See the conquering hero comes" For Cello And Piano, WoO 45: Variation XII. Allegro01:03
  • 7 Variations On "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", For Cello And Piano, WoO 46:
  • 267 Variations On "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", For Cello And Piano, WoO 46: Theme. Andante00:49
  • 277 Variations On "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", For Cello And Piano, WoO 46: Variation I00:42
  • 287 Variations On "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", For Cello And Piano, WoO 46: Variation II00:45
  • 297 Variations On "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", For Cello And Piano, WoO 46: Variation III00:57
  • 307 Variations On "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", For Cello And Piano, WoO 46: Variation IV01:19
  • 317 Variations On "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", For Cello And Piano, WoO 46: Variation V. Si prenda il tempo un poco più vivace00:36
  • 327 Variations On "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", For Cello And Piano, WoO 46: Variation VI. Adagio02:12
  • 337 Variations On "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", For Cello And Piano, WoO 46: Variation VII. Allegro, ma non troppo01:56
  • 12 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66:
  • 3412 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Thema. Allegretto00:33
  • 3512 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation I00:36
  • 3612 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation II00:35
  • 3712 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation III00:29
  • 3812 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation IV00:39
  • 3912 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation V00:31
  • 4012 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation VI00:30
  • 4112 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation VII00:45
  • 4212 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation VIII00:30
  • 4312 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation IX00:40
  • 4412 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation X. Adagio01:28
  • 4512 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation XI. Poco Adagio, quasi Andante01:22
  • 4612 Variations On "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" For Cello And Piano, Op. 66: Variation XII. Allegro01:58
  • Total Runtime02:12:15

Info for Beethoven: Cello Works (Remastered)



"Pierre Fournier’s 1965 collaboration with Wilhelm Kempff yielded one of the greatest complete recordings of the Beethoven cello sonatas. Their account of Op. 69 epitomises the nobility and eloquence of these unparalleled interpretations, and CD transfers are remarkably spacious and detailed." (Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine)

Pierre Fournier, cello
Wilhelm Kempff, piano



Pierre Fournier
(1906-1986) was born in Paris on June 24, and known in his lifetime as "the aristocrat of cellists," because of his lyrical playing, and for his impeccable artistic sensitivity.

Fournier was the son of a French army general, and as a child was taught piano by his mother. At the age of nine he suffered a mild case of polio, and lost some of the dexterity in his legs and feet. No longer able to master the use of the piano pedals, he searched for another musical instrument, and turned to the cello.

He quickly made good progress on his new instrument, and was able to win entrance to the Paris Conservatoire, where he became a pupil of Paul Bazelaire, and later Anton Hekking. He graduated at the age of seventeen, in the year 1923. Maurice Marechal called him "the cellist of the future." Even at such a young age, Fournier had tremendous virtuosity, and was famous for his bowing facility. Fournier was a friend of another great French cellist, Tortelier. Once, meeting backstage after a recital by Tortelier, Pierre said to him, "Paul, I wish I had your left hand." Tortelier replied, "Pierre, I wish I had your right arm!"

Fournier became well known in 1925 after a successful performance with the Edouard Colonne Orchestra in Paris, and began to give concerts all over Europe. Fournier played with all the great musicians of his time, including Cortot, Thibaud, Furtwangler, Karajan and Kubelik. Together with Artur Schnabel, Szigeti and Primrose he recorded nearly all of the chamber music of Brahms and Schubert. Unfortunately the acetates on which the BBC recorded the series deteriorated before they could be copied to a more durable medium.

In the years 1937-1939 Fournier directed the cello class at the Ecole Normale, and from 1941-1949 also at the Paris Conservatoire.

Fournier made his first tour of the USA in 1948 to great acclaim in New York and Boston. Virgil Thomson wrote in the New York Herald Tribune, "I do not know his superior among living cellists, nor any...who give one more profoundly the feeling of having been present at music-making." His performing career occupied more and more of his time, and he had to resign from his teaching post in Paris. In 1959 he appeared for the first time in Moscow, where he played most of the standard concertos of the cello repertoire.

He enjoyed modern music, as well as classical. Many modern composers wrote works for him, including Martinu, Martinon and Poulenc. As a teacher Fournier insisted that his students develop a smooth tone, and a high elbow for the right arm. He believed that the Sevcik violin exercises were valuable for cellists who wanted to perfect bowing technique.

In 1956 he made his home with his family in Switzerland, but retained his French citizenship. His son, Jean Pierre Fournier was a fine pianist, and often performed cello/piano sonatas together with his father. In 1963 he was made a member, and a year later an officer, of the French Legion of Honor.

Wilhelm Kempff
born 1895 in Brandenburg, grew up in Potsdam. During school he studied at the Berlin Music University, where he became student of Heinrich Barth, the pupil of Tausig and Bülow (piano). In 1918 he debuted at the Berlin Philharmonic under Arthur Nikisch. His first solo tour abroad led Wilhelm Kempff in 1919 to Finland and Sweden, in 1920 his first record recordings appeared. Wilhelm Furtwängler conducted in 1924 the world premiere of the second Symphony by Wilhelm Kempff. In Potsdam 1930 he played the first of his concert cycles totalling more than 50 with Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas. From Wilhelm Kempff comes the well-known citation: "I consider myself lucky to live in the age of Bechstein." After the end of the war he once again presented concerts worldwide. His annual Beethoven interpretation courses in the southern Italian city Positano were famous. Wilhelm Kempff died 1991 in Positano.

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