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Cello Concertos - Released January 18, 2019 | Warner Classics

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French cellist Gautier Capuçon does not lack for charisma (or talent), and he has emerged as a major star. The Erato label seems to have tried to capitalize on that with the design of this album, featuring photos by the American Jamie Beck that cast Capuçon as a kind of Byronic figure. It may be a bit over the top, but classical music needs stars. The contents of the album, however, may not quite live up to the heroic concept. They consist of live performances recorded between 2009 and 2015, not of new material. Schumann wrote more music for cello than other composers did, and assembling them in a single program may have made sense. But the sound universes of the Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, and the various chamber pieces are entirely different. The major attraction here is the concerto, a work that has been revaluated upward in recent years as performers have clarified its knotty lines. Historically oriented performance works well with Schumann, and there is a historical reading by Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta with the Kammerorchester Basel. But Capuçon offers a fine modern-instrument option, and an important contributor to its success is octogenarian conductor Bernard Haitink, leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Sample the precise interplay between Capuçon and Haitink in the first movement, which makes the music seem to unfold inevitably. The concerto never drags, and Capuçon sounds gorgeous. The chamber works were recorded at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland with pianist Martha Argerich, and, in the case of the Fantasiestücke, Op. 88, Capuçon's brother Renaud on violin. Despite the august collaborators, these readings feature differing approaches from the principals and don't quite jell, either interpretively or sonically. Nevertheless, this is an album Capuçon's fans will want, and the reading of the concerto is an important addition to its growing discography.
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Classical - Released October 7, 2016 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 4, 2013 | Warner Classics International

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Classical - Released October 30, 2015 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 15, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 30, 2015 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released December 6, 2019 | Warner Classics

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Young and handsome, striding almost menacingly towards the camera like Bonnie & Clyde on the album cover (but decidedly less dangerous), Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang appear just as striking and audacious nonetheless. Used to playing together, they bring a spirited approach to César Franck’s Sonata in A major, with a famous transcription by the cellist Jules Delsart which was endorsed by the composer. This world-renowned masterpiece has since become a staple of the repertoires of every cellist in the world. The melancholy nature of the music allows the instrument to display its full range of vocal possibilities. The two musicians give a daring performance, infusing it with an expressive and passionate romanticism. Gautier Capuçon, not averse to using soaring vibrato in large quantities, throws himself into Franck’s universe with the complicity of the extraordinary Chinese virtuoso Yuja Wang, whose dextrous agility on the keys translates through the speaker.The romanticism which Franck favoured at the end of the century is complemented by Chopin’s highbrow virtuosity in the Introduction et Polonaise brillante, Op. 3 composed in 1829 before he arrived in Paris. The version interpreted by these two artists elicits an almost irresistible desire to dance. This contrasts with the Sonata in G minor written much later, near the end of the Franco-Polish composer’s life. His final opus published while still alive, it’s an introspective work marked by Chopin’s collaboration and friendship with cellist Auguste-Joseph Franchomme who created it in 1848, surprising many of its first listeners with its innovative style of writing. A prominent representative of the French world of cello playing having done important work in the amplification of the left hand’s expression and having perfected bowing technique, Franchomme has in Gautier Capuçon a most suitable successor. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released February 2, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released December 15, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released February 2, 2018 | Warner Classics

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For this album, which is made up entirely of "treats" from all manner of genres, the cellist Gautier Capuçon seems to have wanted to "illustrate" his life by retracing different emotional stages, from his childhood in Savoy to his Vienna years, by way of his studies in Paris and his discovery of more recent repertoires. This is a sort of invitation on a voyage, in the company of the Paris Chamber Orchestra, or by pianist Jérôme Ducros, for a few unmissable pieces by Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Popper, Joplin, Tchaikovsky, Popper, Piazzola, Casals or Paganini: this way, we are able to hear works which are often performed as transcriptions, as in the golden age of salon virtuosos. These hyper-virtuoso, hyper-romantic pieces allow us to enjoy our cellist's art to its full. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 15, 2003 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 8, 2019 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 7, 2008 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 4, 2013 | Warner Classics International

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Classical - Released October 7, 2016 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 22, 2019 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 24, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released December 8, 2017 | Warner Classics

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