Lammermuir Festival, 2017: Alban Gerhardt and Steven Osborne
German cellist Alban Gerhardt and Scottish pianist Steven Osborne play cello sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms in the refurbished Dunbar Parish Church in East Lothian.
Today's Lammermuir Festival recital comes from the the coastal town of Dunbar in East Lothian. German cellist Alban Gerhardt and Scottish pianist Steven Osborne play cello sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms in the beautifully refurbished Dunbar Parish Church. The Cello Sonata in D major, Op 102 No 2, is the last of five sonatas that Beethoven penned and was written in 1815, at the start of his 'late period' of creativity. It contains the only full-length slow movement in his five sonatas and is arguably the most beautiful movement ever written for cello and piano. Brahms composed three movements of his E minor Cello Sonata in 1862 and, after removing the adagio, he added the final movement three years later. Brahms creates a exquisitely balanced partnership between the instruments as the piano acts as a "watchful and considerate partner" to the rich tones of the cello.
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in D major, Op 102 No 2
Brahms: Cello Sonata No 1 in E minor, Op 38
Alban Gerhardt (cello)
Steven Osborne (piano)
Presenter: Jamie MacDougall.