OUT NOW | Cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s New CD “Beethoven Cello Sonatas”


Of their latest album, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan carry out Beethoven’s 5 cello sonatas — works which were a constant a part of the duo’s efficiency repertoire since 2008.

Composed over a span of 20 years, Beetvhoen’s cello sonatas give an inside look into the composer’s growth.

“Diving into the formidable undertaking of recording these touchstone works with Inon, particularly at such a fragile, chaotic time, was an immensely rewarding expertise,” Weilerstein explains. “I really feel extremely fortunate to have been capable of go on this distinctive journey with such an exquisite accomplice and good friend, and I invite you to affix us in our celebration of this profoundly shifting music.”

Weilerstein and Barnatan are longtime collaborators, recording their first album collectively of cello sonatas by Rachmaninov and Chopin in 2015. Most just lately, Weilerstein appeared on Barnatan’s 2019 recording of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, a part of his full set of Beethoven concertos on Pentatone.

Their latest album was digitally launched earlier this month, and could be discovered right here. The bodily album will likely be launched in June.

“As we transfer towards the third sonata and past, the cello and piano grow to be … really equal companions,” Barnatan mentioned. “This equal partnership is a central side of how Alisa and I make music collectively, and all 5 sonatas have been part of our musical journey collectively from the very starting. We love their magnificence, their sense of journey, and the best way they convey immediately however with intricacy and complexity.”


Alisa Weilerstein’s upcoming performances embrace the DC premiere of Grammy Award-winning composer Joan Tower’s new cello concerto, A New Day, with the co-commissioning Nationwide Symphony and Louis Langrée from Could 19–21 — and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the San Diego Symphony, led by her husband, conductor Rafael Payare on Could 27 and 28.

She may also play the Elgar in Carnegie Corridor and on a European tour with the Nationwide Youth Orchestra of the USA of America led by Daniel Harding from July 28 to August 10.

Inon Barnatan is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Profession Grant and Lincoln Heart’s Martin E. Segal Award, and in 2019 he launched into his first season as music director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest in California. La Jolla’s 2022 season was expanded to 4 weeks from July 29 to August 26.

Barnatan’s summer season season additionally contains performances on the Spoleto, Caramoor, Lanaudiere, Aspen and Seattle CMS festivals.