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Classical - Released May 11, 2018 | Naxos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
German-Spanish cellist Gabriel Schwabe likes themed works. After a first record (Naxos) dedicated to the cello and piano works of Brahms and one of Saint-Saëns's cello and orchestral works for the same publisher, this third album is given over entirely to Robert Schumann's cello works, including new compositions, like the Three Romances for oboe and piano, arranged by the cellist himself. In this new recording, we find all of his youthful spirit and his manner of playing almost without touching, passing ever-so-lightly over the depths of Schumann's melodies, in a dizzying forward flight. This almost-Mendelsohnian way of playing rejuvenates works which have been heard a hundred times before, just as his complicity with pianist Nicholas Rimmer forms a perfect duo, whose quality has been fully evident on the previous albums. But it is another pianist, Lars Vogt, an avid orchestral director, who accompanies Gabriel Schwabe with great subtlety on the sumptuous Concerto in A Minor. There isn't a hint of anguish or nostalgia in this performance, but rather the assurance of youth, forging ahead with optimism, in a classical style that is close to Haydn. Schumann has hardly ever looked so radiant. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 13, 2017 | Naxos

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The close attention paid by the Naxos label to the music of Camille Saint-Saëns, much of it from the conductor Marc Soustrot, has yielded many small pleasures, and this release with cellist Gabriel Schwabe and Sweden's Malmö Symphony Orchestra is no exception. Saint-Saëns was marvelously fluent in dealing with the challenges of writing for cello and orchestra, and he could handle anything from the blistering virtuosity of the Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 119 to the most lyrical melodies. Schwabe is competent in both concertos, although you can probably find more individual recordings elsewhere. What you can't find are the lesser-known works. Three of them are arrangements of other works, but the Suite in D minor, Op. 16bis is not, and it's a fascinating piece that contains the whole French neoclassic movement in chrysalis form. The work is meant to be a kind of Bach-ian suite, but ending with a Romance and a Tarantella, it turns into something else along the way. Here Schwabe excels, and the performers find a work that could be added profitably to any program of French music of the early 20th century. © TiVo
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Classical - Released October 2, 2015 | Naxos

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