Maxim Rysanov and pals

Beethoven: Duos for viola and violin, Trio, Cello Sonata No.5

This recording featuring violist Maxim Rysanov, who performs rare early Beethoven works, as contrasted with some of the composer’s finest late works. The Sonatine WoO 33 was published together with three movements for mechanical clock that Beethoven composed in the early 1790s. The Clarinet Trio Op.11 it is heard here in Rysanov’s own arrangement with the viola replacing the clarinet.

The list of the works played is as follows:


  • Pieces for a Mechanical Clock WoO 33 No. 4
  • Pieces for a Mechanical Clock WoO 33 No. 5
  • Duet for Viola and Cello in E flat major, WoO 32 ‘Eyeglass’
  • Piano Trio No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 ‘Gassenhauer’, for viola, cello & piano
  • Serenade for string trio in D major, Op. 8: Theme & variations
  • Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2

Performed by Maxim Rysanov (viola), Kristine Blaumane (cello) and Jacob Katsnelson, piano

The track listing:

1. I Allegro non piu molto (Sonatina for viola and cello in C)
2. II Allegretto
3. I Allegro (Duo for viola and cello in E flat)
4. II Menuetto
5. Theme and variations for viola and piano ( from the Serenade for String Trio in C)
6. I Allegro con brio (Cello Sonata No. 5 in D)
7. II Adagio con molto sentimento d’affetto
8. III Allegro-Allegro fugato
9. I Allegro con brio (Trio for clarinet (arranged for viola), cello and piano in B flat)
10. II Adagio
11. III Tema con variazioni

Beethoven’s early Serenade for string trio Op.8 of 1797 was arranged for viola and piano in 1804 as Op.42. The work’s ”Theme, Variations and March,” in a version by William Primrose, is offered here. The program concludes with the Cello Sonata No.5 played by Kristine Blaumane and pianist Jacob Katsnelson.

Here is

Maxim Rysanov Viola virtuoso and conductor. Performs Brahms Viola Sonatas, Brahms Scherzo and Trios. With Katya Apekisheva piano.


And here is Maxim Rysanov recording the Bach Solo Suites:

Tags: Beethoven, duos, trios, chamber music

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