Celebrating Beethoven: The Cello Sonatas
If Bach’s six cello suites are often referred to as ‘the cellist’s bible’, this bible would consist of two books, the second comprising Beethoven’s five sonatas for piano and cello. Before Beethoven wrote the first sonatas, there were virtually no works in which the cello fully broke away from its subservient role of basso continuo to become an equal partner to the piano. They are works of extraordinary breadth and grandeur.
Following up on his intensely personal solo Bach voyage in January, Chinese Australian cellist QIN LI-WEI explores the creative development of Beethoven through his last three cello sonatas. The highly-positive Sonata in A major, Op. 69 is from his productive middle period, radiating serenity, humour and joy. The final two sonatas, Op. 102, exude the atmosphere of other-worldliness, of transcendent spirituality, that characterise his last utterances.
Hailed by Gramophone as a “superbly stylish, raptly intuitive performer”, Qin is partnered by pianist ALBERT TIU, a regular collaboration acclaimed by The Straits Times as “the most celebrated cello and piano duo resident in Singapore”. They are reuniting before a ‘live’ audience for the first time since the pandemic, to make good their delayed plans to commemorate Beethoven’s 250th birth anniversary in 2020.