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Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 5 No 2
1796; Berlin; first performed by Jean-Louis Duport and Beethoven in early 1797 at the court of Friedrich Wilhelm II, in whose honour it was written; published by Artaria in 1797

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Movement 1: Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo
Movement 2: Allegro molto più tosto presto
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Movement 3: Rondo: Allegro

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 5 No 2
The second Sonata of Op 5 was the subject of an amusing incident in the spring of 1799. Domenico Dragonetti, as legend has it the greatest double bass player in history, was passing through Vienna on his way from Venice to London. He soon met Beethoven, as an English friend, Samuel Appleby, recalled:

Beethoven had been told that his new friend could execute violoncello music upon his huge instrument, and one morning, when Dragonetti called at his room, he expressed his desire to hear a sonata. The contrabass was sent for, and the Sonata, No 2 of Op 5, was selected. Beethoven played his part, with his eyes immovably fixed upon his companion, and, in the finale, where the arpeggios occur, was so delighted and excited that at the close he sprang up and threw his arms around both player and instrument.

Like the First Sonata the G minor work has a slow introduction, which here is even more expansive, amounting to an expressive and often dramatic fantasia. The first Allegro is an example of Beethoven’s predilection for including a wide range of diverse material within one movement. The restrained opening theme is soon interrupted by a forte idea accompanied by pounding quaver triplets which are only brought to a halt with the lead-in to the more song-like second subject. The finale is again a rondo, this time in 2/4 time and in G major, with a variety of lively rhythmic patterning and much rapid figuration in demi-semiquavers, culminating in a hectic coda.

from notes by Matthew Rye İ 1996

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Allegro molto più tosto presto
Recording date
18 December 2012
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jens Braun
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (CDA67981/2)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: January 2014
    2CDs Best of 2014
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