Cellist Paul Olefsky and pianist Walter Hautzig collaborated on this traversal of the entire works for Piano & Cello by Beethoven. Fanfare Magazine called Americus first recording an "impressive" debut.
CD1 – 7 Tracks – Total Time: 67:39 —— CD2 – 8 Tracks – Total Time: 72:15
Beethoven's cycle of five sonatas for cello and piano represents an historical landmark not only in the development of the classical sonata, but also of the cello and its relation to the piano in this genre. A study of Beethoven's creative evolution through these sonatas and other works for the same instrumental combination permits us, no less than the cycle of thirty-two piano sonatas or sixteen string quartets, to enter the world of the "total" Beethoven. In 1852, von Lenz published his analysis of Beethoven's·piano sonatas, in which he outlined the three style periods—early, middle, and late—that we commonly use today. However, the less common stylistic subdivisions by Prod'homme and Hess into five periods—student (1782-1794), virtuoso (1795-1800), appassionata (1801-1808), invasion (1809-1814), and sublimation (1815-1826)—reveal a more direct correlation between Beethoven's cello-piano works and critical moments of change in his style.
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Paul Olefsky (January 4, 1926 — June 1, 2013) studied under Piatigorsky, Primrose, Casals, and Von Karajan. He was the first prizewinner of the Naumberg and Michaels International Solo Competitions. Being the youngest solo cellist in the history of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he soloed and recorded with them under Ormandy in Carnegie Hall. He also soloed with the Detroit Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, and his broadcast credits include: ABC, CBS, NBC, and Voice of America, the BBC, Radio Brazil (Villa-Lobos Festival), NHK, Oslo Radio, etc. He has collaborated with composers Ginastera, Kodaly, Milhaud, Shapleigh, and Thomson. He was senior Professor of Music at the University of Texas in Austin. His alums hold key positions at universities and orchestras worldwide. He played both the Amati and Ruggeri cellos.
Walter Hautzig (September 28, 1921 — January 30, 2017) studied first in Vienna, Austria where he was born, then in Palestine, and finally at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where his primary teacher was Mieczyslaw Munz. He also studied privately with Artur Schnabel. He made his New York debut to wide acclaim at Town Hall. He played countless recitals in more than fifty countries worldwide and appeared with leading orchestras in cities from A to Z including: Auckland, Baltimore, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Mexico City, Melbourne, New York, St. Louis and Zurich. He was the first American concert artist to perform in China with the normalization of relations in 1979. He was considered one of the last great romantic pianists until his death in January 2017.