And Palaver Strings revel in the work of women through the ages – Beethovens music for cello and piano is not a rarity, but four brand-new recordings in the previous year alone is definitely an exception. Next (on Avie) was Jennifer Kloetzel, one-time cellist of the Cypress Quartet, with Robert Koenig on a duration Blüthner piano: admirably curious and vigorous in the total cello works, which include 3 sets of variations and the horn sonata, Op 17, that Beethoven organized for cello.The latest recording, of the sonatas only (out on digital; on CD next month), is from Alisa Weilerstein, top among mid-career gamers, with her regular partner, pianist Inon Barnatan (Pentatone). She is compelling, too, in the Op 102 sonatas, the very first (No 4 in C significant) knotty, strange and condensed, the second (No 5 in D major) apparently more straightforward, with its tender main movement theme, but pointing towards the experiences of the composers late style.The 4th new Beethoven set, again of the total works, is an exciting addition, from Sung-Won Yang (who tape-recorded the complete Beethoven in 2007) and pianist Enrico Pace (on Decca, only available digitally in the UK). – Ready or Not by the Portland, Maine ensemble Palaver Strings (Azika) commemorates string ensemble works from the Renaissance to the present, all by female composers. Plus a brand-new work, Seen, by Joanna Marsh.

House listeningFrom Kloetzel and Koenig to Weilerstein and Barnatan, a flurry of new Beethoven double acts each offer something brand-new. And Palaver Strings delight in the work of ladies through the ages – Beethovens music for cello and piano is not a rarity, but four new recordings in the past year alone is definitely an exception. First came experienced cellist Yo Ma, offering experienced poetry to the 5 sonatas with the pianist Emanuel Ax (Sony) 40 years after the duos first recording. Next (on Avie) was Jennifer Kloetzel, one-time cellist of the Cypress Quartet, with Robert Koenig on a duration Blüthner piano: very well analytical and vigorous in the complete cello works, that include three sets of variations and the horn sonata, Op 17, that Beethoven scheduled cello.The latest recording, of the sonatas only (out on digital; on CD next month), is from Alisa Weilerstein, top among mid-career players, with her regular collaborator, pianist Inon Barnatan (Pentatone). The test piece for anyone sampling these excellent sets is the very best understood sonata, No 3 in A major Op 69, in which piano and cello find complete equality. A peerless professional, Weilerstein welcomes both the extensive lyricism and fragile intensity of this work, the singing melodies contrasted with explosive “middle period” drama. She is engaging, too, in the Op 102 sonatas, the very first (No 4 in C major) knotty, mystical and condensed, the 2nd (No 5 in D significant) apparently more straightforward, with its tender main movement theme, but pointing towards the experiences of the authors late style.The fourth brand-new Beethoven set, once again of the total works, is an exciting addition, from Sung-Won Yang (who recorded the total Beethoven in 2007) and pianist Enrico Pace (on Decca, only available digitally in the UK). At the moment this is the set that draws me, but I may alter my mind. – Ready or Not by the Portland, Maine ensemble Palaver Strings (Azika) commemorates string ensemble works from the Renaissance to today, all by female composers. It opens with the baroque-inspired Concerto Grosso by Gra?yna Bacewicz (1909-69). The Venetian lutenist, singer and author Maddalena Casulana (c1544-90) is represented by a string variation of her soulful madrigal Morir non può il mio cuore (My heart can not pass away). In Lagrime mie by Barbara Strozzi (1619-77), the mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux expresses the laments fierce power. A beautiful, jazzy elegy, Fear the Lamb, by Chicago composer Akenya Seymour, remembers the short life of the American civil rights icon Emmet Till. With Irish-inspired folk fiddling to close, the disc ends on a high. – Live from Milton Court, London: the BBC Singers perform Joby Talbots Path of Miracles, influenced by the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. Plus a new work, Seen, by Joanna Marsh. Friday, 7.30 pm, Radio 3/BBC Sounds. #ticker #paragraphs. We will be in touch to advise you to contribute. Watch out for a message in your inbox in. Please call us if you have any questions about contributing.