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Gautier Capucon & Gabriela Montero - Rhapsody: Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninov & Prokofiev (2008)

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Gautier Capucon & Gabriela Montero - Rhapsody: Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninov & Prokofiev (2008)
Artist: Gautier Capucon & Gabriela Montero
Title Of Album: Rhapsody: Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninov & Prokofiev
Year Of Release: 2008
Label (Catalog#): Virgin Classics [3857862]
Country: France/Venezuela
Genre: Classical, Cello, Piano
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,.log, scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 75:07
Full Size: 336 MB

Review by Mike D. Brownell:
The nearly uninterrupted string of strong, successful albums produced by cellist Gautier Capu?on (and indeed his violinist brother, Renaud) demonstrates that the CD debut Face ? Face was not just a fluke produced by child prodigies. Rather, Face ? Face was a springboard for what has proven to be an enduring career and ever-improving musicianship. On this latest album without his brother, Gautier collaborates with pianist Gabriela Montero on the cello sonatas of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. Fans of Capu?on's playing will recall that he had previously released a recording of the Rachmaninov sonata with pianist Lilya Zilberstein on the EMI label in 2003. While it may seem questionable to make duplicate recordings when he has recorded so little of the cello repertoire, it offers listeners an opportunity to see how his playing continues to mature even over a short span of five years. While some of the tempos are a little different than the 2003 recording, the most notable difference is that of sound, which has developed impressively with the help of his magnificent 1701 Gofriller cello. His command of sound is most obvious in the solo opening of the Prokofiev sonata. The immense depth and power of his sound on the lower two strings of the instrument is enough to mesmerize anyone. Power and projection permeate the album along with his stunning technique, deep understanding of the score, and pleasantly precise intonation.


Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19
01. I. Lento - Allegro moderato (13:40)
02. II. Allegro scherzando (6:41)
03. III. Andante (6:59)
04. IV. Allegro mosso (11:20)
05. Vocalise, Op.34 No.14 (6:10)
06. Variation No.18 from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43 (3:47)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Cello Sonata in C major, Op.119
07. I. Andante grave - Moderato animato (12:23)
08. II. Moderato - Andante dolce - Moderato (5:10)
09. III. Allegro non troppo - Meno mosso - Allegro non troppo (8:57)

Gautier Capucon - cello
Gabriela Montero - piano

Recorded at Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Svizzera on November 21-23, 2006.

Gautier Capucon & Gabriela Montero - Rhapsody: Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninov & Prokofiev (2008)

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