Recital partners Nicolas Altstaedt and Alexander Lonquich release their latest album ‘Beethoven Complete Works for Fortepiano and Violoncello’. For this complete set, which includes the variations on themes from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Nicolas Altstaedt was keen to record on an instrument with gut strings, a Guadagnini from Piacenza dated 1749, and using a Classical bow. Alexander Lonquich here plays a Graf fortepiano of 1826. The combination of these instruments produces a finely balanced sound and exceptional tone colours.
This recording is Nicolas Altstaedt’s first for Alpha as a soloist. Others will follow, in very different genres, for eclecticism is the hallmark of this musician, among the most promising of the new generation.