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Duo (Œuvres de Brahms, Chostakovitch, Debussy, Schumann)

Sol Gabetta - Hélène Grimaud

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Argentine-Swiss cellist Sol Gabetta and the nationally unclassifiable Hélène Grimaud (who is listed first in the graphics here, presumably so that Deutsche Grammophon may capitalize on her former enfant terrible reputation) are both known for a tendency toward interpretations that push the extremes. Grimaud, in fact, has named Glenn Gould, still among the greatest extremists of all, as an exemplar. But, perhaps because the necessity of working in a duo puts a damper on strong manifestations of individualism, the two play it pretty straight on this, the first duo recording for both. Their interpretations in this diverse recital of Romantic and modern pieces, in fact, tend distinctly toward the quiet side. Although Grimaud has resolutely declined to classify herself as French (she is of North African Jewish background, spent some years in Florida, and then lived in Switzerland), this is a chamber recital in the classic French vein, with plenty of impeccably elegant passagework from both players and an absence of emphatic gesture even in the Drei Fantasiestücke, Op. 73, of Schumann, which are arch-Romantic pieces. The Brahms Sonata for piano and cello No. 1, Op. 38, gets a very light touch that does delightful things with the contrapuntal finale. The pair are clearly at home in the Debussy cello sonata, and really the only piece that falls flat is the concluding Cello Sonata, Op. 40, of Shostakovich, where the restrained performance misses the icy fear of the slow movement and the sarcastic snap that was so characteristic of the composer's early years. The sound, from the Philharmonie Essen hall, is a bit too spacious for the music but is up to the task of capturing clearly the fine detail work on exhibit here.
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Fantasiestücke, op. 73 (Robert Schumann)

1
1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
00:03:12

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Schumann, Composer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Fantasiestücke, Op.73 (Robert Schumann)

2
2. Lebhaft, leicht
00:03:13

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Schumann, Composer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
3. Rasch und mit Feuer
00:03:52

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Schumann, Composer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in E minor, Op.38 (Johannes Brahms)

4
1. Allegro non troppo
00:14:26

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
2. Allegretto quasi minuetto
00:05:26

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
3. Allegro - Più presto
00:06:21

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Sonata in D Minor for Cello & Piano, L.135 (Claude Debussy)

7
1. Prologue (lent)
00:04:36

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Debussy, Composer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
2. Sérénade (Modérément animé)
00:03:12

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Debussy, Composer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
3. Finale (Animé)
00:03:40

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Debussy, Composer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.40 (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

10
1. Allegro non troppo
00:11:55

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
2. Allegro
00:02:50

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
3. Largo
00:08:21

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
4. Allegro
00:03:57

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hélène Grimaud, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Stephan Flock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ute Fesquet, Producer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Argentine-Swiss cellist Sol Gabetta and the nationally unclassifiable Hélène Grimaud (who is listed first in the graphics here, presumably so that Deutsche Grammophon may capitalize on her former enfant terrible reputation) are both known for a tendency toward interpretations that push the extremes. Grimaud, in fact, has named Glenn Gould, still among the greatest extremists of all, as an exemplar. But, perhaps because the necessity of working in a duo puts a damper on strong manifestations of individualism, the two play it pretty straight on this, the first duo recording for both. Their interpretations in this diverse recital of Romantic and modern pieces, in fact, tend distinctly toward the quiet side. Although Grimaud has resolutely declined to classify herself as French (she is of North African Jewish background, spent some years in Florida, and then lived in Switzerland), this is a chamber recital in the classic French vein, with plenty of impeccably elegant passagework from both players and an absence of emphatic gesture even in the Drei Fantasiestücke, Op. 73, of Schumann, which are arch-Romantic pieces. The Brahms Sonata for piano and cello No. 1, Op. 38, gets a very light touch that does delightful things with the contrapuntal finale. The pair are clearly at home in the Debussy cello sonata, and really the only piece that falls flat is the concluding Cello Sonata, Op. 40, of Shostakovich, where the restrained performance misses the icy fear of the slow movement and the sarcastic snap that was so characteristic of the composer's early years. The sound, from the Philharmonie Essen hall, is a bit too spacious for the music but is up to the task of capturing clearly the fine detail work on exhibit here.
© TiVo

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