Beethoven: Sonatas & Variations for cello & piano9:00, 23rd January 2017
Ralph Kirshbaum (vc), Shai Wosner (pf)
Onyx 4178 (2CD)
Listeners fortunate enough to hear this duo in this repertoire in concert in London recently will know what a treat they are in for. Kirshbaum, 70 years young, is in fine form with distinctive rich-yet-lithe tone and deeply intuitive phrasing. No detail is overlooked, yet each piece is allowed to unfold organically. His partnership with Wosner is inspired, the pianist as refreshingly supple as he is insightful. With excellent recorded sound, this makes a fascinating must-hear alternative to the recent Isserlis-Levin set (Hyperion).