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Double Concerto & Quintette avec clarinette

Johannes Brahms

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Existing fans of brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon have likely been waiting with baited breath for their eventual and inevitable release of the Brahms Double Concerto, a work that would seem to have their names written all over it. Their premiere duo album, Face a Face, demonstrated their incredible technique, precision intonation, and inborn knack for playing together. Each brother's solo ventures, from Gautier's vivacious interpretation of the Haydn cello concertos and Renaud's insightful performance of Mendelssohn and Schumann, have been similarly highly regarded. All of these positive attributes makes this much-anticipated recording all the more disappointing because many of these traits are mysteriously absent. From the very beginning, listeners will notice a distinct lack of energy coupled with an abundance of overindulgence as Gautier's opening cadenza becomes so ponderous that it almost comes to a halt. Similar pacing problems occur any time either of the brothers is given a moment without the orchestra to push them along. The unwavering unification of the brothers' playing heard in Face a Face is also sadly absent; neither their sound quality nor intonation nor articulation matche as it once did. Kudos should be given, however, to the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester -- composed of European youth -- who offer a surprisingly mature, rich symphonic sound. Also on the album is Brahms' ethereal Op. 115 Clarinet Quintet. Clarinetist Paul Meyer joins the Capuçon Quartet; his glass-like, plaintive sound quality really carries the entire ensemble. The Capuçon brothers try to make the performance too much about themselves, however, which results in frequent balance problems.
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Concerto pour violon, violoncelle & orchestre en la mineur, op. 102 (Johannes Brahms)

1
Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, Op. 102: I. Allegro
Renaud Capuçon
00:18:05

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor, MainArtist - Renaud Capucon, Violin, MainArtist - Gautier Capucon, Cello, MainArtist - Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2007 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, Op. 102: II. Andante
Renaud Capuçon
00:07:55

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor, MainArtist - Renaud Capucon, Violin, MainArtist - Gautier Capucon, Cello, MainArtist - Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2007 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, Op. 102: III. Vivace non troppo
Gautier Capuçon
00:02:56

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor, MainArtist - Renaud Capucon, Violin, MainArtist - Gautier Capucon, Cello, MainArtist - Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2007 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

Quintette avec clarinette en si mineur, op. 115 (Johannes Brahms)

4
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: I. Allegro
Paul Meyer
00:12:48

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Paul Meyer, Clarinet, MainArtist

© 2007 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: II. Adagio
Paul Meyer
00:11:10

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Paul Meyer, Clarinet, MainArtist - Béatrice Muthelet, Vocals - Capuçon Quartet, String Quartet

© 2007 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: III. Andantino
Paul Meyer
00:04:44

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Paul Meyer, Clarinet, MainArtist - Béatrice Muthelet, Vocals - Capuçon Quartet, String Quartet

© 2007 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: IV. Con moto
Paul Meyer
00:08:47

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Paul Meyer, Clarinet, MainArtist - Béatrice Muthelet, Vocals - Capuçon Quartet, String Quartet

© 2007 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

Existing fans of brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon have likely been waiting with baited breath for their eventual and inevitable release of the Brahms Double Concerto, a work that would seem to have their names written all over it. Their premiere duo album, Face a Face, demonstrated their incredible technique, precision intonation, and inborn knack for playing together. Each brother's solo ventures, from Gautier's vivacious interpretation of the Haydn cello concertos and Renaud's insightful performance of Mendelssohn and Schumann, have been similarly highly regarded. All of these positive attributes makes this much-anticipated recording all the more disappointing because many of these traits are mysteriously absent. From the very beginning, listeners will notice a distinct lack of energy coupled with an abundance of overindulgence as Gautier's opening cadenza becomes so ponderous that it almost comes to a halt. Similar pacing problems occur any time either of the brothers is given a moment without the orchestra to push them along. The unwavering unification of the brothers' playing heard in Face a Face is also sadly absent; neither their sound quality nor intonation nor articulation matche as it once did. Kudos should be given, however, to the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester -- composed of European youth -- who offer a surprisingly mature, rich symphonic sound. Also on the album is Brahms' ethereal Op. 115 Clarinet Quintet. Clarinetist Paul Meyer joins the Capuçon Quartet; his glass-like, plaintive sound quality really carries the entire ensemble. The Capuçon brothers try to make the performance too much about themselves, however, which results in frequent balance problems.
© TiVo

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