Listening Time: Beethoven Sonatas

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Simone Dinnerstein, young and individualistic is she, is out with a new Beethoven recording. The pianist partners with cellist Zuill Bailey in a two-disk Telarc release of the complete works for piano and cello. That means the five sonatas; 12 Variations in G Major on "See the conqu'ring hero comes" from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus; 12 Variations in F Major on "Ein Madchen oder ein Weibchen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute; and 7 Variations in E Flat Major on "Bei Mannern welche Liebe fuhlen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute.

They're a good match, these two players. Some of the phrasing is precious, a little too fanciful. But the recordings give you a lot of opportunity to re-think the meaning of this music.

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