Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan rule the realm of sonatas for cello and piano

04.21.13
Inon Barnatan & Alisa Weilerstein, Inon Barnatan, Alisa Weilerstein
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By Stanley Fefferman

 

Beethoven started it, the piano’s duologue with the cello, in 1801, with his Seven Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Beethoven himself, and many composers from Brahms (1862) through Lera Auerbach (2002) continued to ornament this form. In 1968, Jacqueline du Pré and Daniel Barenboim, with their recording of Brahms’ Cello Sonata no. 1, reigned as the power-couple of the genre. Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan, to judge by the power of their performance this afternoon in Koerner Hall, deserve to inherit the mantle.

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