With his sonatas for violoncello and piano, Beethoven laid the foundations for a totally new chamber music genre which inspired subsequent composers such as Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss among others. The extent of what has survived of the five works by Beethoven is quite different. Whereas all original manuscripts of the two early sonatas Op. 5 are missing, unusually comprehensive source material is extant of the late opus 102 which, however, leaves no less serious questions unsettled.
The new edition of the Wiener Urtext Edition provides a musical text obtained from the critical comparison of the sources which, however, avoids suggesting absolute certainty at problematic passages. Here, the editor rather suggests the most plausible solution as main text, but alternatives are made available to the musician in footnotes and remarks - and, in the case of major divergences, even in the separate cello part so that the cellist can see such information without having to look in the Critical Report. This volume also contains the cello version of the Horn Sonata Op. 17 the alternative instrumentation of which can be regarded as absolutely authentic according to recent research. Thanks to fold-out pages and optimized page-turns, the performance material is extremely practical. The arrangement of the violoncello part by Heinrich Schiff takes into account not only the musicians' individual playing techniques but also the differences between the individual instruments.
(…) Throughout, the fresh approach, the love of exploration and a healthy quest for perfection stand out from the pages making me implore cellists to add this edition to their no doubt heavily weighed down Beethoven shelf. ESTA Magazine autumn 2008 (Nicola Anderson)
"For Someone who does not want a completely clean copy of the sonatas, this is the perfect version - as close as possible to Beethoven's own intentions but with fingering and bowing ideas to aid with preparation." (MMA Ensemble, January 2009)
This is a welcome and valuable edition of the 6 Beethoven cello sonatas. (…) For serious students and performers, it is well worth seeking out. (…)Wiesenfeldt's discussion of the sonatas historical context and the exceedingly detailed critical notes are excellent. Even more valuable and illuminating is the inclusion of Carl Czerny's Notes and the additional remarks on interpretation by Christian Ubber. Stringendo Magazine 01/2009