Masterclass: Beethoven Cello Sonata no.5, second and third movements


Cellist Gary Hoffman considers the importance of context to understand and appreciate this work, written in 1815 during a period of isolation and difficulty for the composer

Playing this sonata as part of the collection of Beethoven’s five for cello and piano, in concerts over many years, has given me a sense of what it meant to Beethoven. His Fourth and Fifth cello sonatas are often regarded as difficult to interpret because of their complexity and an introspective quality,…

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