Jean-Gui­hen Queyras (cello), Alexan­der Mel­nikov (pi­ano) Har­mo­nia Mundi HMC 902183.184 (2 CDs) ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DER­VAN

French cel­list Jean-Gui­hen Queyras and Rus­sian pi­anist Alexan­der Mel­nikov present Beethoven in a way that keeps vir­tu­os­ity well to the fore and is full of un­ex­pected touches. Queyras moves at times with the free­dom and light­ness of a vi­o­lin­ist – try his tippy-toe rac­ing in the fi­nale of the Sonata in A – and Mel­nikov is ad­mirably fleet and del­i­cate as well. If the un­ortho­dox is high on your agenda, th­ese event­ful per­for­mances, where sur­prise whis­pers and ca­resses are an im­por­tant part of the in­ter­pre­ta­tive strat­egy, may be just what you’re look­ing for. For me, they trig­ger a real sense of won­der, but also a feel­ing that the cen­tre doesn’t al­ways quite hold. A set for the mu­si­cally ad­ven­tur­ous.

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