Antti Siirala’s international career was launched when he won first prize in the 10th Vienna Beethoven competition, and was the youngest contestant. In 2009 he made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and in 2010 performed in a series with the Berlin Philharmonic which included Lang Lang and Helmchen.
These are among the finest modern recordings of Beethoven's Cello Sonatas. The two players are well matched, as they should be in this music, which is just as demanding for the pianist as for the cellist, if not more so.
With the return of these stereo recordings by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin (made in Paris in 1962), many collectors will find an automatic first choice. This new Philips set presents these accounts in fine digital transfers and has the benefit of having all 10 sonatas placed sequentially across four CDs. The performances are exceptionally fine, sometimes not as dramatic as Schneiderhan's (DG), it's true, but always intensely musical and natural… What you'll find here is a duo that devotes minute attentiveness to every passing detail, along the way conveying a powerful feeling of joyfulness and discovery. This is essential listening, and not just for violin devotees: this set belongs in everyone's collection!Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com