A most satisfying set, then – a Beethoven Cello Sonata cycle among the most rewarding on disc, impressive in its energetic transformation of the notes from the page and infectious in the obvious enjoyment shown by both musicians. The Classical Source
...the playing of James Lisney and Alexander Baillie remarkably accurate and polished, with excellent ensemble.
It must have been a memorable concert – the performances are spirited throughout, the sense of continuity in each movement is very strong, and there are some memorable high points. One of these is the fine, passionate account of the long first movement of Op 5 No 2; equally enthralling is the Scherzo of Op 69, combining a light touch with rhythmic intensity, and the fugal finale of Op 102 No 2, starting gently before proceeding to a fiery climax. The Gramophone
These artists have performed Beethoven`s cello sonata cycle many times, and it shows. This was as much an object lesson in duo playing as it was an authoritative exploration of music that spans Beethoven’s creative life.
The fluidity of dynamics, the constant nuances, the overall immediacy of communication, were more akin to an actor giving a speech than to anything which could be marked in a music score. There was also an inspired simplicity in their playing: in the slow movement of the D major Sonata, vibrato was at a minimum; the movement was played in whispers, and at the end almost disappeared into a pregnant sotto voce. The Strad Magazine
Catalogue No. WOODCD807/8 (2 CDs)
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