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listen  1. Sonate Pour Violoncelle Et Piano En Sol Mineur Op.19 (1901): I: LentoGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero13:40Album Only
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listen  3. Sonate Pour Violoncelle Et Piano En Sol Mineur Op.19 (1901): III: AndanteGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero 6:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sonate Pour Violoncelle Et Piano En Sol Mineur Op.19 (1901): IV: Allegro MossoGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero11:20Album Only
listen  5. Vocalise Pour Violoncello Et Piano Op. 34 No.14 (Transcription Pour Violoncello Et Piano)Gautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Variation Op.18 De La Rapsodie Sur Un Thème De Paganini Op.43 (Transcription Pour Violoncello Et Piano)Gautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sonata For Cello And Piano Op. 119 (1949): Andante Grave - Moderato AnimatoGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero12:22Album Only
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listen  9. Sonata For Cello And Piano Op. 119 (1949): Allegro, Ma Non TroppoGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero 8:56$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Gabriela Montero, Gautier Capucon
  • Conductor: Gabriela Montero, Gautier Capucon
  • Composer: Prokofiev Cello Sonatas, Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B000LPRNVI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2008
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Five BEAUTIFUL Stars!!! On the CD "Rhapsody", award-winning classical stars play beautiful 20th Century piano/cello rhapsodies by two Russian master composers and two adaptations. Gautier Capuçon the brilliant cello virtuoso, who comes armed with two cellos, and Gabriela Montero the acclaimed piano virtuoso, known for her classical music improvisational prowess, meld their talents to form an imposing and dynamic classical music duo, as they deliver stunningly beautiful renditions of music by Sergey Prokofiev and Sergey Rachmaninov. Kudos to the legendary Martha Argerich who suggested this amazing partnership.

Rachmaninov's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Opus 19 is highly enjoyable. The Andante movement in particular is marvelous, while the Allegro Scherzando is brisker in the fast parts than I have heard but it works because of the duo's teamwork and musicianship. The refrain is jaunty, and the slow part is well nuanced. For the first time in my experience, the Andante, a thing of pure breathtaking beauty, takes the cake as the best movement during this performance: i just keep playing it over and over. But the Allegro Mosso is also a gem. Two additonal pieces from Rachmaninov are a great version of "Vocalise", which is another brisker performance which ultimately is plaintive and haunting, and a beautiful 3:47 sliver of a transcription for the piano and cello from Rachmaninov's Opus 18 variation on Paganini's own Opus 43 (which went straight to my iPod) and they acquit themselves very well in both cases, as these transcription ventures can sometimes be risky.

The genius of Prokofiev is on full display in his Cello Sonata written for the formidable master cellist Mistislav Rostropovich and dedicated to a close friend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edward Song on April 13, 2008
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Gautier Capucon is the most special cellist of his generation. His collaboration with Gabriela Montero is a very life changing experience captured on recording. He's lucky to have a pianist that can just about do anything that they agree to do. The old school notion of a piano accompanist needs to player "softer" and find better balance is nonsense! These two take artistic risks that bring the music larger than life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Chan on July 16, 2010
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The Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano is one of the most beautiful pieces ever written. This recording will probably be the first time many listeners hear the work, and it will be inescapably easy for them to fall in love with the lush romantic beauty of it. It's wonderful that Virgin is bringing the work to a huge audience with popular young stars to help draw in listeners. Capucon and Montero give very good performances that are spirited, lively and intensely romantic. At times it may be a bit too romantic, for example in blurring some of the transitions between emotionally distinct sections. Rachmaninoff is known for subtle yet manic emotional contrasts, and some of that is glossed over here.

The recording is close-miked, particularly on the Capucon's cello, which results in occasional noises which one wouldn't hear in an actual concert such as fretwork. Also the balance of the recording occasionally favors the cello too strongly. The balance might have been better if the instruments were not so closely miked. A larger acoustic space around the instruments could serve to equalize their stature, particularly when they are playing dynamically-contrasting parts. This is yet another reason to avoid close-miking.

There is glorious writing here that at times isn't quite being fully-realized by either performer. This probably sounds like undue criticism, given how inherently beautiful the composition is. Well-played, every note has the potential to bring tears, and this performance doesn't do that for me. There's nothing wrong with their playing, technically, artistically or even emotionally, but it doesn't quite bring out all that it could from the music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2011
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RHAPSODY is exactly what happens on this recording when the likes of Gabriela Montero, the Venezuelan protégé of Martha Argerich and specialist in improvisation, joins the handsome and enormously gifted young French cellist Gautier Capuçon. Sparks fly and passion rolls as they collaborate on four works that though different in structure manage to make for an intensely fascinating recital.

The opening work is the Rachmaninov Cello Sonata, a work as soaringly romantic as any in the literature. Capuçon makes it breathe and his responses to Montero's presence allow us to hear the inner lines of this piece as never heard before. This successful performance is followed by two little excerpts that would make terrific encores for recitals should these two take their show on the road The Rachmaninov 'Vocalise' is a melody much loved by sopranos in recitals, but hear the cello sings - and the melody is even more beautiful than the vocal version (or the orchestral version!). And again in the Variation No 18 from the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (another beloved Rachmaninov melody) both Capuçon and Montero play it from the heart.

Lest the listener wonders if these two dynamic musicians are not interested in pyrotechnics, the recital/recording closes with Prokofiev's Cello Sonata and it is brilliant. This is one of those recordings that is right for any mood and any time of the day. It is a Rhapsody - 'an effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling' - and melody doesn't get much more enriching than here. Grady Harp, June 11
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