Concert Hall Valthermond
Recording Producer / editor
BBC Music Magazine
Johannes Moser and Alasdair Beatson offer fine, full-blooded performances of all this repertoire. Beatson uses an Érard piano from 1837…allowing for maximum clarity and lightness in rapid passagework, as well as an ideal balance between the two instruments. Altogether, a fine achievement, well recorded
Mendelssohn’s keyboard-writing benefits from a piano with a shallower action and greater transparency than the traditional Steinway and both players relish these qualities, with the full-throated opening of the Second Sonata never sounding overbearing, while the second movement has a winsome charm.
Everything is beautifully played, and in truly conversational style – for this is definitely duet music, rather than cello solos accompanied by piano…A disc that might change your mind about the Mendelssohns.
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