The Wigmore Hall Recital - works by Bach, Brahms, Mendelssoh, & Schubert / Antonio Meneses, cello; Maria Joao Pires, piano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for piano, Op. 117
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Pastorale in F major, BWV 590
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Notes & Reviews:

Over four decades since securing worldwide recognition as one of the finest musicians of her generation, Maria João Pires continues to transfix audiences with the spotless integrity, eloquence and vitality of her art. This recital, recorded live in the splendid Wigmore Hall acoustics, is clearly a red-letter event for chamber music connoisseurs. Pires is partnered by Antonio Meneses, cellist with the Beaux Arts Trio and artist of great wisdom and imagination. Maria João Pires is one of the reigning pianists of our times, with numerous recordings spanning more than two decades on Deutsche Grammophon. One of the label's flagship artists, she carefully handpicks her concert appearances and recordings projects, making this release a document of extraordinary value. The album features a collection of some of the most intimately beautiful pieces, including the Songs without Words by Mendelssohn, the Intermezzi op. 117 and Cello Sonata op. 38 by Brahms, and the eternal "Arpeggione" Sonata by Schubert. Pires's abiding concern for poetic shading draws the listener towards the spiritual essence of the works she performs. An exceptional live encounter between two legendary musicians at the height of their powers, here documented for the first time on disc. A must-have for any classical music lover! Similar Artists: Mitsuko Uchida

The Telegraph, 10th October 2013
That they speak the same language, musically as well as verbally, is fully manifest in the intimate, conversational nature of the playing, the way in which ideas are shared and shaped instinctively.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
Such technical perfection could hardly have been created with day upon day and take upon take in the studio, at the same time as retaining and transferring the intimacy of a live performance on disc...the reciprocity between them feels intuitive at the same time as being grounded in familiarity.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
This was without doubt a spellbinding concert. Brazilian Antonio Meneses is a one-off, with a technique of such refinement that he seems to conjure before us an instrument free of gruffness, buzzing or angular imbalance...Both artists are unfailingly precise and elegant, breathing rather than forcing life into sound.

The Independent, 26th January 2014
Schubert's Arpeggione is often damned with faint praise, but Meneses and Pires, mixing vigour and freedom, bring out its melancholy charm and dare us to belittle it. They also give a gripping account of Brahms's E minor sonata.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (01/2012).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1824
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for piano, Op. 117
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 10/1845
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1865
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Pastorale in F major, BWV 590 :: Aria
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1720
  • Studio/Live: Live