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Ori and Omri Epstein, best known for performing as part of the Busch Trio, make their Linn debut as a duo with a recording of Beethoven’s cello sonatas. Considered cornerstones of the repertory, these masterpieces illustrate all the creative periods of the composer’s working life. The two Sonatas Op. 5 are bursting with exhilarating effects. Written when Beethoven was focused on showcasing his own virtuosity as a pianist, they are nonetheless eloquent showpieces for the ‘accompanying’ cello which is used in a remarkable variety of ways. Pianist and cellist are treated as equal partners in the Sonata in A major, which is the most lyrical and improvisational of Beethoven’s sonatas. The cello’s versatility across rapid changes of register and function is especially well demonstrated here. The two Sonatas Op. 102 herald the concentration of Beethoven’s late style and are particularly technically demanding. Beethoven scholar Barry Cooper describes them as having “a transcendent quality that, even after countless performances, makes them always seem innovative and challenging.”

"I can imagine these interpretations being very enjoyable as a one-off experience in the concert hall."
Gramophone, January 2020
"Performance 3* / Recording 5* - The brothers Ori and Omri Epstein offer some fine and thoroughly musical performances."
BBC Music Magazine, April 2020
"Recommended: Serious, rigorous performances from siblings stand up with the finest ... their readings are complemented here by a recording that’s as lucid as their musicianship."
The Strad, February 2020
"They play with love, sensitive phrasing, and fine fingers ... these are among the best I have heard."
American Record Guide, February 2020
"Enjoyable and highly proficient renditions of one of the cornerstones of the chamber repertoire."
MusicWeb International, 21 January 2020