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About a hundred year ago the great Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin meant, he is mainly guided by cellos while singing: no other instrument sounds more inspiring and more like the human voice does. A hundred year before Chaliapin the young Beethoven for his part recognized the outstanding potential of the cello. To persuade the music lovers of his time he wrote two cello sonatas (op. 5) of the new, hitherto unprecedented kind. The specialty of the sonata No. 2 in G minor, op. 5, as well as that of it's „sister sonata“, is that the piano and cello parts here are equal – for the first time in the world music history. Both instruments are engaged in a lively dialogue demanding great sensitivity from the musicians performing the piece.
The sonata No. 2 in G minor op. 5 we will hear today is in good hands: the piece is performed by a 19-year-old Anastasia Ushakova. Despite her young age, Ushakova, a gifted cellist, already gained a wide range of international music awards and cooperates with high-ranking orchestras all over the world. Having enough zeal and energy, Anastasia has already established her own musical festival. Meet the young genius here!
Ludwig van Beethoven
The cello sonata No. 2 in G minor, op. 5 (1796)
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