Savannah Music Festival LIVE 410 – Beethoven Cello Sonatas

Original air date: week of June 19, 2011

During the 18th century, the cello had gradually become regarded as a solo as well as an accompanying instrument. While neither Mozart nor Haydn composed a cello sonata, Beethoven more than made up for them. Not only did he write five sonatas for the instrument, but he was the first major composer to create works with equally important roles for the cello and piano. Tune in to hear three of Beethoven’s cello sonatas played by pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel in the Telfair Academy at the 2011 Savannah Music Festival.