Composer: Claude Debussy, Dmitri Shostakovich, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann
Performer: Sol Gabetta – cello, Hélène Grimaud – piano
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Size: 1.39 GB
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Helene Grimaud, Sol Gabetta / Schumann, Debussy, Shostakovich, Brahms – DUO
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 10:17
01. Zart und mit Ausdruck 3:12
02. Lebhaft, leicht 3:13
03. Rasch und mit Feuer 3:52
Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38 26:13
04. Allegro non troppo 14:26
05. Allegretto quasi minuetto 5:26
06. Allegro – Più presto 6:21
Debussy: Cello Sonata 11:28
07. Prologue (lent) 4:36$
08. Sérénade (Modérément animé) 3:12
09. Finale (Animé) 3:40
Shostakovich: Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40 27:03
10. Allegro non troppo 11:55
11. Allegro 2:50
12. Largo 8:21
13. Allegro 3:57
Two of today’s most passionate and inspirational artists join forces in the recital programme that brought audiences to their feet at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad in Summer 2011. The chemistry between Hélène Grimaud and Sol Gabetta left critics and audiences nothing short of euphoric and this first duo recording captures the revelatory magic of their collaboration
The album reprises the same programme the duo performed in Gstaad:
Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Johannes Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in E minor and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.
Hélène’s recordings have been best-sellers on the Yellow Label with more than 800,000 units sold altogether to date. Sol is also a best-selling, chart-storming artist, who is regarded as one of the great cellists of our day.
BBC Music Magazine
Grimaud produces a context of almost orchestral depth and spaciousness into which Gabetta projects her eloquently refined lines…Debussy’s riveting Sonata benefits from Grimaud’s subtle palette of timbres, and the cellist’s willingness to let her sound ring free….[for the Shostakovich] Gabetta finds her vicious streak, with thrilling results in the finale.
Gabetta plays the Schumann Drei Fantasiestücke and Brahms Sonata No 1 mellifluously, without revealing much beneath the surface. Grimaud is ever-attentive, but there’s little sense of two personalities striking sparks.
There is a lightness to all the performances that creates an engagingly lyrical sound that is pleasurable to listen to…That this disc falls down a little by way of its great delicacy and slight tentativeness…would not be in any way a criticism to most musical collaborations. That it is to Grimaud and Gabetta is simply testament to their potential as a truly incendiary collaboration.
their quixotic musical personalities do match; there’s a lightness of touch and an element of spontaneityin Gabetta’s playing that corresponds to the impulsive aspects of Grimaud’s pianism…You wouldn’t always want Brahms like this, but it’s still worthwhile.
the duo’s playful work on Schumann’s “Drei Fantasiestücke” bears out both Grimaud’s assessment and the pair’s shared sensibilities. Brahms’ Sonata for Piano and Cello No.1 in E minor, though possessed of more gravitas, is more lightly dealt with than I’ve heard before, while they bring a questing spirit to Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor