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Arpeggione Import

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With this collection of works for cello and piano, Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley pay tribute to two towering musicians of the 20th century: Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten, whose famous collaboration resulted in the historic recording of all four works on the album.

Schubert wrote the 'Arpeggione' Sonata in 1824, when he was already desperately ill and suffering from crushing bouts of depression. "It is a work that has always profoundly touched and moved me," says Capuçon, "There is such greatness of feeling in it, even though Schubert was in the depths of despair. Debussy's Cello Sonata was also written at a dark time, in 1915, the second year of the First World War, when the composer was already ill with the cancer that was to kill him in 1918; yet it is a work of both sober elegance and mercurial fantasy."

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"Braley finds fierceness in some of the keyboard writing, while Capuçon's tone twists from lingering nostalgia to no-nonsense assertiveness. It's a considerable achievement." --The Guardian

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cello Sonata in A minor, D. 821, "Arpeggione": I. Allegro Moderato - Gautier Capucon
  2. Cello Sonata in A minor D. 821, "Arpeggione": II. Adagio
  3. Cello Sonata in A minor D. 821, "Arpeggione": III. Allegretto
  4. 5 Stucke Im Volkston, Op 102: I Vanitas Vanitatum - Mit Humor
  5. Stucke Im Volkston, Op 102: II Langsam
  6. 5 Stucke Im Volkston, Op 102: III Nicht Schnell, Mit Viel Ton Zu Spielen
  7. 5 Stucke Im Volkston, Op 102: IV Nicht Zu Rasch
  8. 5 Stucke Im Volkston, Op 102: V Stark Und Markiert
  9. Cello Sonata in D minor, L. 135: I. Prologue
  10. Cello Sonata in D minor, L 135: II Serenade
  11. Cello Sonata in D minor, L. 135: III. Finale
  12. Cello Sonata in C, Op. 65: I. Dialogo
  13. Cello Sonata in C, Op. 65: II. Scherzo - Pizzicato
  14. Cello Sonata in C, Op. 65: III. Elegia
  15. Cello Sonata in C, Op. 65: IV. Marcia
  16. Cello Sonata in C, Op. 65: V. Moto Perpetuo


Product Details

  • Conductor: __
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten, Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (January 28, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B00FH32GDY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gautier Capucon plays Schubert’s Sonata in A major for Arpeggione and piano, D.821 (the piece usually referred to simply as the Arpeggione, after the featured instrument) on the cello, since the original arpeggione had a heyday of only about ten years; with the exception of a very few recordings using reconstructed arpeggiones, musicians have performed the music on the cello since the mid nineteenth century. Pianist Frank Braley accompanies Capucon on a modern Steinway D-274 piano, and together the musicians make the piece come to life in innocent splendor, regardless of the instruments used.

The Arpeggione is basically a happy and optimistic occasion, typical of Schubert, meaning it's charming all the way, especially as Capucon and Braley do it up. After a brief slow introduction, the Allegro moderato quickens in pace considerably; however, because the tempos change from moment to moment, things never become either dull or hectic. Capucon has the lovely main theme to play with, weaving it comfortably in and around Braley's accompaniment.

The whole piece is wonderfully melodic, and the players insist upon the most lyrical interpretation, while still keeping the music lively and Romantic. By turns the opening movement can be poetic, energetic, introspective, wistful, sentimental, vigorous, and beautiful. Although Rostropovich long ago made one of the most-famous recordings of the work, I think I like this one just as well, particularly as it sounds even better recorded.

Anyway, after so favorable a start, the Arpeggione continues with a lovely if somewhat melancholic Adagio. This central movement does not last long, though, and before we know it we're into a hearty, good-natured final Allegretto, which Capucon and Braley move along briskly.
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This recording is of works composed by Schubert, Schumann, Debussy and Britten for cello and piano, and it is a tribute to performances and recordings of the works by Rostropovich and Britten. The performances are of exceptionally high quality and the music is richly and deeply satisfying.
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