Beethoven – Sonatas and variations for cello and piano (complete)ós-Perényi-Dezső-Ránki-Sonatas-And-Variations-For-Cello-And-Piano-Compl

Yes, audio heaven exists. This record scores all over the place. The vinyl is silent, no surface noise. The performance is subtle and sweet. The recording is as clear as you can imagine. The work itself is as you might expect. For a beginner the sonatas might be dense, but the variations will always be easy listening.

I didn’t know Miklós Perényi, the cellist. Wiki says he was born in 1948 and graduated in 1962, winning prizes when he was 16 years old. The impressive booklet that comes with this box of three records shows the cellist as he was in 1979: like a little boy. The picture on the wiki page is shocking, showing him in 2018.

In the intervening years Miklós has been very active. There are a lot of recordings on his name, mostly on Hungaroton, also for the recording I’m listening to. Spotify has a recording of him doing the same works with András Schiff, but that is not this one. I will be listening to that later.

I don’t know what the reason is for not including this recording on Spotify. Maybe it would be too much competition for Schiff. Should you come across it, I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

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