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Mendelssohn

Sol Gabetta - Bertrand Chamayou

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A good chunk of the 19th century repertory for cello and piano was composed by Felix Mendelssohn, and grateful duos have responded with a good many recordings even during the years when Mendelssohn was out of fashion. This one by cellist Sol Gabetta and pianist Bertrand Chamayou can stand with the best of them. Gabetta and Chamayou have performed together for almost two decades, and it shows in their rendition of the youthful and enthusiastic Variations concertantes, with its shifts of mood and texture. There is an unusual piece here (the recently discovered Assai tranquillo) and the performances of the two hugely contrasting cello sonatas are very strong, with the almost neoclassical Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 45, and the Romantic, stormy Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 58, emerging with vivid individuality and a fine sense of the composer's idiomatic cello writing (Mendelssohn's brother was a cellist) from Gabetta. Another distinctive feature here is the set of contemporary pieces on the second CD in the physical version, commissioned by the performers with a request to respond to Mendelssohn's Songs without Words in some way. It is not completely clear that this works; Mendelssohn's Songs without Words, one of which is included here, proceeded from different aesthetic bases than those of Wolfgang Rihm and Jörg Widmann. However, Gabetta gets a real virtuoso vehicle in the Lieder ohne Worte II excerpts by Heinz Holliger and succeeds with it. In general, the music-making here is committed, sensitive, and often enough humorous; it will please any lover of Mendelssohn or the cello. The album made classical best-seller lists in early 2024.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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Variations concertantes, Op. 17/MWV Q 19 (Felix Mendelssohn)

1
I. Thema
00:01:05

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

2
II. Variation I
00:00:30

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

3
III. Variation II
00:00:29

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

4
IV. Più vivace Variation
00:00:31

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

5
V. Allegro con fuoco Variation
00:00:35

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

6
VI. L'istesso tempo Variation I
00:00:40

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

7
VII. L'istesso tempo Variation II
00:00:32

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

8
VIII. Presto ed agitato Variation
00:01:33

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

9
IX. Tempo I. Coda. Più animato
00:03:08

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 45/MWV Q 27 (Felix Mendelssohn)

10
I. Allegro vivace
00:12:23

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

11
II. Andante
00:06:18

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

12
III. Allegro assai
00:06:27

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

13
Assai tranquillo in B Minor, MWV Q 25
00:03:06

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 58/MWV Q 32 (Felix Mendelssohn)

14
I. Allegro assai vivace
00:07:56

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

15
II. Allegretto scherzando
00:05:30

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

16
III. Adagio
00:04:06

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

17
IV. Molto Allegro e vivace
00:06:49

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2023 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

18
Lied ohne Worte, Op. 109
00:04:23

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

DISC 2

1
Lied ohne Worte
00:03:46

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Jörg Widmann, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

2
Lieder ohne Worte II, No. 3: (...fern...), Arr. for Cello & Piano
00:01:44

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Heinz Holliger, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

3
Lieder ohne Worte II, No. 6: (...sam), Arr. for Cello & Piano
00:01:51

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Heinz Holliger, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

4
Lieder ohne Worte II, No. 5: (Flammen...Schnee), Arr. for Cello & Piano
00:02:45

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Heinz Holliger, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

5
Dialog ohne Worte
00:02:27

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer - Francisco Coll, Composer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

6
Lied ohne Worte
00:02:45

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Wolfgang Rihm, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

7
Verschwundene Worte
00:02:31

Sol Gabetta, Cello, MainArtist - Wolfgang Rihm, Composer - Bertrand Chamayou, Piano, MainArtist - Joel Cormier, Engineer

(P) 2024 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

Album review

A good chunk of the 19th century repertory for cello and piano was composed by Felix Mendelssohn, and grateful duos have responded with a good many recordings even during the years when Mendelssohn was out of fashion. This one by cellist Sol Gabetta and pianist Bertrand Chamayou can stand with the best of them. Gabetta and Chamayou have performed together for almost two decades, and it shows in their rendition of the youthful and enthusiastic Variations concertantes, with its shifts of mood and texture. There is an unusual piece here (the recently discovered Assai tranquillo) and the performances of the two hugely contrasting cello sonatas are very strong, with the almost neoclassical Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 45, and the Romantic, stormy Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 58, emerging with vivid individuality and a fine sense of the composer's idiomatic cello writing (Mendelssohn's brother was a cellist) from Gabetta. Another distinctive feature here is the set of contemporary pieces on the second CD in the physical version, commissioned by the performers with a request to respond to Mendelssohn's Songs without Words in some way. It is not completely clear that this works; Mendelssohn's Songs without Words, one of which is included here, proceeded from different aesthetic bases than those of Wolfgang Rihm and Jörg Widmann. However, Gabetta gets a real virtuoso vehicle in the Lieder ohne Worte II excerpts by Heinz Holliger and succeeds with it. In general, the music-making here is committed, sensitive, and often enough humorous; it will please any lover of Mendelssohn or the cello. The album made classical best-seller lists in early 2024.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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