Sol Gabetta

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Sol Gabetta

Cellist Sol Gabetta was born in 1981 in Argentina to parents of French and Russian descent. In 2004 she created an international sensation when, as winner of the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award, she gave her début with the Vienna Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev at the Lucerne Festival.

She is a winner of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition and the ARD Competition in Munich and was Artist of the Year at the Echo Awards in 2009.

Her busy schedule includes regular recordings on the RCA label, as well as appearances at festivals including the Rheingau Music Festival in Verbier, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Schwetzingen Festival, the Bonn Beethoven Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

Sol Gabetta now lives in Switzerland where she founded her own chamber music festival, 'Solberg'. She currently plays on a rare 1759 G B Guadagnini cello, made available to her through private funding.

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Sol Gabetta Live

Sol Gabetta Live


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Sir Simon Rattle

Martinu:

Cello Concerto No. 1, H.196

Krzystof Urbanski


Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta (who starred in this year’s first night of the Proms) releases this album with Sir Simon Rattle, Krzystof Urbanski and the Berlin Philharmoniker. Featuring two treasures of the cello repertoire, Gabetta places Elgar’s stunning Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 alongside Martinů’s first cello concerto, H. 196.

“Gabetta’s handling of Martinů’s life-affirming First Cello Concerto...embraces the gamut of colours and technical jinks called for with what sounds like genuine relish. This is superb cello-playing and Krzysztof Urbański directs a vital and sensitive accompaniment.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

“Gabetta’s playing is intense and searching, less introspective than some performances in the Adagio, perhaps, but epic in scale in the outer movements, and always keenly responsive.” The Guardian, 1st December 2016 ****

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Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 2014, directed by Torben Schmidt Jacobsen


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Sol Gabetta (cello)

Ligeti:

Atmosphères

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1


The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta made her Philharmoniker debut at the 2014 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the final great work of the composer. “Sol Gabetta’s Elgar Concerto is one of the best around, a heartfelt, tonally rounded performance.” (Gramophone). The orchestra and conductor also performed the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin, György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères and Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, a work which is entirely focused on the future and pushes the boundaries of classical music in terms of sound, rhythm and energy.

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker contrasted the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin and György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères perfectly, demonstrating that they both employ different styles to pursue a similar objective – an iridescent, otherworldly sound.

Star cellist Sol Gabetta gave an outstanding interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto: the final great work of the composer, full of melancholy and a sense of farewell.

In contrast to Elgar, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps is focused on the future. In their previous performances, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle have shown that this work, despite its inherent modernity, also provides a wealth of sensual pleasure. “The musicians breezed through the Sacre with ridiculous virtuosity, as laid-back as if it were a mambo on a dance floor on a Caribbean beach.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Cross-promotion with Sony’s Sol Gabetta album (Martinů: Cello Concerto No. 1 & Elgar Cello Concerto), which is also to be released on Nov 4, 2016. The Elgar Cello Concerto album audio is identical with the audio on the DVD and as it was also taken from the Baden-Baden live recording.

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Running time: 94 mins

Production year: 2014

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“Rattle’s presence can be heard, and felt, in virtually every bar of the score: the way he moulds phrases, nudges details to the fore, bends the line, holds tight to a salient accompanying detail (especially along the lower end of the spectrum) or responds to Gabetta’s characterful solo playing, now rather more stylised than it was before.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 2014, directed by Torben Schmidt Jacobsen


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Sol Gabetta (cello)

Ligeti:

Atmosphères

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1


The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta made her Philharmoniker debut at the 2014 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the final great work of the composer. “Sol Gabetta’s Elgar Concerto is one of the best around, a heartfelt, tonally rounded performance.” (Gramophone). The orchestra and conductor also performed the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin, György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères and Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, a work which is entirely focused on the future and pushes the boundaries of classical music in terms of sound, rhythm and energy.

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker contrasted the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin and György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères perfectly, demonstrating that they both employ different styles to pursue a similar objective – an iridescent, otherworldly sound.

Star cellist Sol Gabetta gave an outstanding interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto: the final great work of the composer, full of melancholy and a sense of farewell.

In contrast to Elgar, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps is focused on the future. In their previous performances, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle have shown that this work, despite its inherent modernity, also provides a wealth of sensual pleasure. “The musicians breezed through the Sacre with ridiculous virtuosity, as laid-back as if it were a mambo on a dance floor on a Caribbean beach.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Cross-promotion with Sony’s Sol Gabetta album (Martinů: Cello Concerto No. 1 & Elgar Cello Concerto), which is also to be released on Nov 4, 2016. The Elgar Cello Concerto album audio is identical with the audio on the DVD and as it was also taken from the Baden-Baden live recording.

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“Rattle’s presence can be heard, and felt, in virtually every bar of the score: the way he moulds phrases, nudges details to the fore, bends the line, holds tight to a salient accompanying detail (especially along the lower end of the spectrum) or responds to Gabetta’s characterful solo playing, now rather more stylised than it was before.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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Vasks: Presence

Vasks: Presence


Vasks:

Musique du Soir

Irène Timacheff-Gabetta (organ)

Gramata cellam

Cello Concerto No. 2 'Klatbutne / Presence'


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

The main work on this CD is a world premiere-recording of Peteris Vasks’ Concerto No. 2 for Cello and String Orchestra "Klātbūtne / Presence" written for Sol Gabetta and commissioned by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Gabetta and the orchestra premiered this work in Amsterdam on October 25th 2012 to critical acclaim. Vasks himself was closely involved in the recording of the concerto for this album, and the piece also temporarily combines Sol‘s cello with her voice in a fascinating manner. Sol Gabetta can be heard singing in the third work of the album “Gramata Cellam”, a 13-minute piece for cello solo that Gabetta has often performed as an encore at her concerts worldwide. The album also includes Vasks’ “Musique du Soir” for cello and organ, which features Sol Gabetta’s mother Irène Timacheff-Gabetta, organ, a professional organ player, performing the organ part. The album was recorded with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, directed by their leader Candida Thompson.

“the cello writing suggests an intuitive grasp of the instrument. We surely have the friendship between Vasks and Gabetta to thank for this – she evidently knows how to put across his music exactly the way he intends, and equally he clearly understands how to draw the best out of her with his writing.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 27th November 2015

“[The concerto is] couched, for the most part, in a fearlessly diatonic idiom. Enviable concentration goes hand in hand with a strength, purity and serenity that held me from start to finish…[Presence] receives blisteringly dedicated and stunningly coordinated advocacy…the release as a whole, boasting superlative production values throughout, can still be confidently recommended to Vasks's many fans and newcomers alike” Gramophone Magazine, February 2016

“There's a simplicity and immediacy to Vasks's musical languge, not that far removed in character and spirituality to the sound world explored in John Taverner's The Protecting Veil, which makes works like this Concerto so appealing, particularly when it is performed with such fervour by Gabetta and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2016 ****

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27th November 2015

BBC Music Magazine

Concerto Choice - April 2016

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Beethoven: Triple Concerto

Beethoven: Triple Concerto


Beethoven:

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Giuliano Carmignola (violin), Sol Gabetta (cello), Dejan Lazic (piano)

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62


Cello superstar Sol Gabetta teams up with the celebrated musicians Giuliano Carmignola, violin, and Dejan Lazić, piano, to form a formidably talented ensemble for this new all-Beethoven recording. They will be joined by conductor Giovanni Antonini and the Kammerorchester Basel, a team who have great pedigree recording Beethoven’s works to critical acclaim.

The centrepiece of this album is Beethoven’s ‘Triple Concerto’, the Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 56. The choice of the three solo instruments effectively makes this a concerto for piano trio, and it is the only concerto Beethoven ever completed for more than one solo instrument.

The album also includes a number of Beethoven’s most well-known overtures. The famous Coriolan Overture features alongside ‘The Creatures of Prometheus’ and the Egmont overtures.

“Cellist Sol Gabetta, violinist Giuliano Carmignola and pianist Dejan Lazić are here something of a dream team: characterful, distinctive and focused on the same thing. They can be dynamic and crisply propulsive together, but this performance has a lightness of touch that in the finale spills over into playfulness and wit” The Guardian, 17th September 2015 ****

“Sol Gabetta [gives] a wonderfully lyrical account of the [Triple Concerto's] all-important cello role…Antonini and his Basle chamber players [are] prompt and sympathetic” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

“full praise to the Sony production team for finding such a convincing balance, not just between soloists and orchestra, but between the soloists themselves. It all sounds wonderfully fresh and clear. So too does the perfomance. The Triple Concerto's eccentricites are joyously celebrated…[and] it isn't just the élan and lively intelligence that impress: I've rarely heard such a roundly enjoyable performance of the brief slow movement.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015 *****

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Duo: Hélène Grimaud & Sol Gabetta

Duo: Hélène Grimaud & Sol Gabetta


Brahms:

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Debussy:

Cello Sonata

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Shostakovich:

Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40


Hélène Grimaud (piano) & Sol Gabetta (cello)

Two of today's most passionate and inspirational artists join forces in the recital programme that brought audiences to their feet at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad in Summer 2011. The chemistry between Hélène Grimaud and Sol Gabetta left critics and audiences nothing short of euphoric and this first duo recording captures the revelatory magic of their collaboration

The album reprises the same programme the duo performed in Gstaad:

Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Johannes Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in E minor and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.

Hélène’s recordings have been best-sellers on the Yellow Label with more than 800,000 units sold altogether to date. Sol is also a best-selling, chart-storming artist, who is regarded as one of the great cellists of our day.

“the duo's playful work on Schumann's “Drei Fantasiestücke” bears out both Grimaud's assessment and the pair's shared sensibilities. Brahms' Sonata for Piano and Cello No.1 in E minor, though possessed of more gravitas, is more lightly dealt with than I've heard before, while they bring a questing spirit to Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor” The Independent, 13th October 2012 ***

“Gabetta plays the Schumann Drei Fantasiestücke and Brahms Sonata No 1 mellifluously, without revealing much beneath the surface. Grimaud is ever-attentive, but there’s little sense of two personalities striking sparks.” Financial Times, 3rd November 2012 ****

“their quixotic musical personalities do match; there's a lightness of touch and an element of spontaneityin Gabetta's playing that corresponds to the impulsive aspects of Grimaud's pianism...You wouldn't always want Brahms like this, but it's still worthwhile.” The Guardian, 29th November 2012 ****

“There is a lightness to all the performances that creates an engagingly lyrical sound that is pleasurable to listen to...That this disc falls down a little by way of its great delicacy and slight tentativeness...would not be in any way a criticism to most musical collaborations. That it is to Grimaud and Gabetta is simply testament to their potential as a truly incendiary collaboration.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“Grimaud produces a context of almost orchestral depth and spaciousness into which Gabetta projects her eloquently refined lines...Debussy's riveting Sonata benefits from Grimaud's subtle palette of timbres, and the cellist's willingness to let her sound ring free....[for the Shostakovich] Gabetta finds her vicious streak, with thrilling results in the finale.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 ***

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Il Progetto Vivaldi 2

Il Progetto Vivaldi 2


Leo:

Cello Concerto in D major, L10

Platti:

Concerto for cello & orchestra in D minor, Op. 657

Vivaldi:

Cello Concerto in G minor, RV416

Cello Concerto in A minor, RV420

Cello Concerto in B flat major, RV423

Cello Sonata in G minor, RV42


Sol Gabetta (cello)

Cappella Gabetta, Andres Gabetta

Sol Gabetta is the young female superstar of the cello. The Argentine-French cellist, who speaks six languages fluently, has captured the hearts of audiences in many countries with her playing and her charisma. Sol has received prestigious awards: she won three Echo Klassik prizes in Germany, received Argentina’s Gardel Prize as “artist of the year“ in three consecutive years and in 2010 won the prestigious Gramophone Award as “young artist of the year”.

For her fifth recording for Sony Music and the first on the Sony Classical label, Sol Gabetta has teamed up with her own ensemble, the Cappella Gabetta, a small ensemble that plays baroque music on period instruments, which was founded by Sol Gabetta and her brother Andres Gabetta (lead violin). Sol and Andres have chosen this group of musicians so that they can make music among friends and explore works of the Baroque and Early Classical genres.

On the new album, entitled Il Progetto Vivaldi 2, Sol Gabetta and Cappella Gabetta perform beautiful Italian cello concertos. Three deservedly popular concertos composed by Antonio Vivaldi are coupled with a rarely recorded sonata by Vivaldi and a charming cello concerto by Leonardo Leo, a Neapolitan composer. The CD also includes a world premiere recording, a cello concerto by Giovanni Benedetto Platti, an Italian composer who worked in Germany between 1730 and 1763. The cello concerto by Platti was recently discovered near Würzburg in the archive of a castle of Duke of Schönborn. The Vivaldi concertos which Sol Gabetta has chosen for this recording were also discovered in this archive.

“Argentinian Sol Gabetta brings tremendous verve to five of Vivaldi’s effervescent concertos for cello in this scintillating ‘Progetto Vivaldi’ partnership…she digs into each phrase with infectious enthusiasm…” The Guardian.

“Gabetta has a ravishing tone, especially in Vivaldi's soulful slow movements. The vigorous cello pyrotechnics of the finale of the G minor, RV 416 are negotiated with bravado to spare, and the febrile edginess of the A minor's end encourages sly banter.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

“The cello-playing Count von Schonborn provides the connecting theme for Sol Gabetta's disc; his library contains some significant Vivaldi manuscripts, including the sole source of the sonata recorded here...With its finely worked contrapuntal tuttis and picturesque, melancholy Adagio, [Platti's] Concerto, in this vigorous, poised performance, proves to be a real find.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2011

“Gabetta again plays with unerring precision, but also with a sure-footed interpretative authority...As before, it is the fertility of imagination undergirding every one of Gabetta's performances which marks this colelction out as being something exceptional...Highly recommended.” International Record Review, January 2012

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Elgar: Cello Concerto

Elgar: Cello Concerto


Dvorak:

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Sospiri, Op. 70

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

La Capricieuse, Op. 17

Respighi:

Adagio con variazioni for cello and orchestra


The award winning Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta focuses her considerable talents on Late Romantic cello repertoire on her latest release on RCA Red Seal/Sony Music Entertainment. Gabetta’s sensational live recording of the Elgar: Cello Concerto is the centrepiece to a stunning new album from one of classical music’s most thrilling and successful young stars. Ms. Gabetta is joined on the works by Elgar, Dvorák and Respighi by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mario Venzago.

In addition to Elgar’s concerto, Ms. Gabetta’s new release features three of Elgar’s miniatures, the introspective Sospiri and the light-hearted, romantic salon pieces Salut d’amour and La capricieuse, in new arrangements for cello and orchestra. The album also includes Antonín Dvorák’s Waldesruh and Rondo and Ottorino Respighi’s rarely recorded Adagio con variazioni.

“I love the way she finds nobility tinged with melancholy in the glorious main theme [of the Elgar's first movement] which is delightfully underlined...Gabetta’s moving and beautifully played recording of the Elgar is one that I will certainly return to often.” MusicWeb International, 20th May 2013

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Cecilia & Sol: Dolce Duello

Cecilia & Sol: Dolce Duello

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Albinoni:

Aure, andate e baciate (from ll Nascimento dell’Aurora)

Boccherini:

Cello Concerto No. 10 in D major, G. 483

Caldara:

Fortuna e speranza (from Nitocri)

Tanto, e con sì gran piena (from Gianguir)

Gabrielli:

Sigismondo, re di Borgogna: Aure voi de' miei sospiri

Handel:

Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76: What passion cannot Music raise and quell?

Son qual stanco pellegrino (from Arianna in Creta)

Porpora:

Giusto Amor, tu che m ’accendi (from Gli orti esperidi)

Vivaldi:

Tito Manlio: Di verde ulivo


Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Sol Gabetta (cello)

Cappella Gabetta, Andres Gabetta

Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta – two of the most captivating women in classical music – are joining together for a new album ‘Dolce Duello’ to be released on Decca Classics on 10th November. It is a collection of Baroque masterpieces which showcase the stunning combination of voice and cello in a series of dazzling duels and wondrous arias. To coincide with the release, Bartoli and Gabetta will be performing on a European tour with Cappella Gabetta and conductor and violinist Andrés Gabetta.

‘Dolce Duello’ covers almost a century of music. The new album features works by Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Domenico Gabrielli, Tomaso Albinoni and Luigi Boccherini, as well as three world premiere recordings: Nicola Antonio Porpora’s ‘Giusto Amor, tu che m’accendi’ from the serenata Gli orti esperidi, and two compositions by Antonio Caldara – ‘Fortuna e speranza’ from his opera Nitocri and ‘Tanto, e con sì gran piena’ from Gianguir. The composers of these works make a variety of requirements on their soloists, demanding equal commitment from both singer and instrumentalist – engaging them in a friendly duel. If the concerto is the most elaborate and extended of musical duels, the 18th century’s obbligato aria, with its pugnacious instrumental solo part, is easily the most spectacular.

From the dawn of the Baroque, the voice and cello were inseparable companions, whether they appeared together for practical reasons (the cello being part of the continuo) or for expressive purposes. The sound of the cello is often considered to be the closest to the human voice, one elegantly complimenting the other. But when they are pitted against each other something extraordinary happens – the cello pushes the voice to its physical limits, while the singer demands raw emotion from wood and strings as if it were nature’s own instrument. Reflected in the music of ‘Dolce Duello’ is the great friendship between Bartoli and Gabetta. They have known each other for years and had long been looking for a project to collaborate on. Together with a musicologist, they unearthed some beautiful works for voice and cello – three of which had never been recorded before. There are touching laments, as in Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, as well as more energetic arias such as ‘Di verde ulivo’ by Vivaldi. Bartoli and Gabetta sparkle when they play together.

While it may be an album of duels, the true winner is surely the listener – who can bask in the joyous music from two wondrous women. ‘Dolce Duello’ is full of sweet treats for every taste.

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Sound of Silence

Sound of Silence


Fabio Angelini (piano), Lavinia Meijer (harp), Jessica Curry, Sol Gabetta (violoncello), Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Khatia Buniatishvili (piano), Amy Dickson (saxophone), Catherine Milledge (piano), Martin Stadtfeld (piano), Olga Scheps (piano), See Siang Wong (piano), Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Andrew York (guitar), Bill Kanengiser (guitar), Scott Tennant (guitar), John Dearman (guitar), Ezio Bosso, Giuseppe Andaloro (piano), Martin Fröst (clarinet), Adolf Fredriks Flickkör, Martin Ermen (piano), Jan Vogler (violoncello), Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Benjamin Richter (piano)

Helmut Branny

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