Ludwig van Beethoven's opus 5 cello sonatas, 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," and 12 Variations on "See the conqu'ring hero comes" were all composed near the end of the 18th century. Played on period instruments, Rainer Zipperling and Boyan Vodenitcharov's lively, energetic interpretations evoke Mozart and Haydn rather than the Beethoven of the high Romantic era.
"These performances … positively bristle with vibrancy and life; seldom has Beethoven sounded so charming! Vodenitcharov's fortepiano is a rippling brook of bright-toned musical droplets, and Zipperling's oaken-toned cello dances atop its waves with light-footed abandon…. Prepare yourself for an invigorating, ear-opening experience…. Urgently recommended."—Fanfare