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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.
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.73
1. Zart Und Mit Ausdruck
2. Lebhaft, Leicht
3. Rasch Und Mit Feuer
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38
1. Allegro Non Troppo
2. Allegretto Quasi Minuetto
3. Allegro - Più Presto
Debussy: Sonata For Cello And Piano In D Minor
1. Prologue (Lent)
2. Sérénade (Modérément Animé)
3. Finale (Animé)
Shostakovich: Sonata For Cello And Piano, Op.40
1. Allegro Non Troppo
Interview with Sol Gabetta and Hélène Grimaud
13th October 2012
“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”
3rd November 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.”
29th 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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