Review Article

Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano

Mareli Stolp

In 2010, two South African musicians, Peter Martens and Luis Magalhães, released a recording of the sonatas for cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven under the "Two Pianists" label, of which Magalhães is the co-founder and co-owner. Martens and Magalhães, both from the University of Stellenbosch, state in the CD liner notes that they have aimed to incorporate "Carl Czerny's insights on performing Beethoven's music" (quoted from the CD liner notes). This "groundbreaking" approach (Ibid.) is not located exclusively in the engagement with Czerny (specifically Czerny's writings on tempo choices for these works), but also in the general approach to the marketing and presentation of the product, which is set up as a creative project informed by scholarly research. It is the purpose of this review article to examine some of the scholarly claims made in the liner notes (composed jointly by the performers and Dr. Stewart Young), as well as the artistic content of the performances. Several claims made in the liner notes concerning period performance practice, the use of metronome tempi, and other related issues, are perceived to be problematic; this article addresses these issues.

Journal South African Music Studies
Year 2010
Volume 30-31
Pages np

Stolp, Mareli (2010) Review Article: Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano. In: South African Music Studies, Vol. 30-31, pp. np. Available at


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