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Duo - Schumann: Fantasiestucke; Cello Sonatas by Debussy, Shostakovich and Brahms / Sol Gabetta, cello; Helene Grimaud, piano

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Cello and Piano
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
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Notes & Reviews:

The New Yorker
Grimaud doesn't sound like most pianists: she is... a reinventor of phrasing, a taker of chances... Her albums aren't merely proficient tours through the repertoire; they are highly personal explorations that can stand out among dozens of rival performances... her strongly interpretive playing has made her a favorite among many conductor and reviewers.

Two of today's most passionate and inspirational artist join forces in the recital program that brought audiences to their feet at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad in Summer 2011. The chemistry between Helene Grimaud and Sol Gaetta left critics and audiences nothing short of euphoric and this first duo recording captures the revelatory magic of their collaboration.

This is the first time, that either artist has embarked on a dedicated duo recording project and it goes far beyond a traditional musical collaboration. Ased on a rare understanding on many levels - musical, emotional and personal, this fresh and strong encounter does not seen raise the question of who accompanies whom. Finding new musical insights in familiar work, Helene and Sol present masterpieces in new light.

The album reprises the same program the duo performed in Gstaad: Robert Schumann's Fantasiestucke, 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.

Helene's recordings have been best-sellers on the Yellow Label with more than 800.000 units sold altogether to date.

Like Grimaud, in addition to performing traditional repertoire with the world's great orchestras, Sol Gabetta is a champion of new works and a passionate musical collaborator. Argentine-French of Russian origin, Sol is a best-selling, chart-storming artist, who is regarded as one of the great cellist of our day, impressing with her intriguing, full-bodied approach and a charismatic, conquering personality.

8 city tour through Germany, France and Switzerland will take place in December 2012, taking this inspirational duo to new audiences in a broad range of venues.

The Independent, 13th October 2012
The duo's playful work on Schumann's "Drei Fantasiestncke" 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.

Financial Times, 3rd November 2012
Gabetta plays the Schumann Drei Fantasiestncke 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.

The Guardian, 29th November 2012
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.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
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.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
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.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
These two musicians seem to fit together like a pair of gloves. Grimaux is famous for her intensity of feeling, and Gabetta impressed me in the same way with her recording of the Elgar concerto (this issue). Their Brahms sonata supports that opinion; it's beautifully lyrical yet dramatic and virtuosic by turns. As you see, this is an unusual set of performances. These are musicians of imagination and intensity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Essen, Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal (05/2012).


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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73
  • Performers: Sol Gabetta (Cello); Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
  • Performers: Sol Gabetta (Cello); Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1865

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Sol Gabetta (Cello); Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
  • Performers: Sol Gabetta (Cello); Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1934.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934