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Schubert: Fantasy in C / Duo in A / Arpeggione Sonata, d. 574, 821, 934 Import

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On this new disc, cellist Pieter Wispelwey's second for the award-winning Onyx label, Schubert's evergreen Arpeggione Sonata is coupled with new arrangements of the great Fantasy in C and the Duo in A. The latter two were written for the violin, and the sonata for the now extinct arpeggione -- a hybrid guitar/cello instrument. Wispelwey's debut recording for Onyx of the Walton Cello Concerto was received with critical acclaim. Pianist Paolo Giacometti provides sensitive and dynamic accompaniment.

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Disc: 1

  1. Sonata for violin & piano in A major ('Duo'), D. 574 (Op. posth. 162): 1. Allegro moderato
  2. Sonata for violin & piano in A major ('Duo'), D. 574 (Op. posth. 162): 2. Scherzo: Presto
  3. Sonata for violin & piano in A major ('Duo'), D. 574 (Op. posth. 162): 3. Andantino
  4. Sonata for violin & piano in A major ('Duo'), D. 574 (Op. posth. 162): 4. Allegro vivace
  5. Sonata for arpeggione & piano in A minor ('Arpeggione Sonata'), D. 821: 1. Allegro moderato
  6. Sonata for arpeggione & piano in A minor ('Arpeggione Sonata'), D. 821: 2. Adagio
  7. Sonata for arpeggione & piano in A minor ('Arpeggione Sonata'), D. 821: 3. Allegretto


Product Details

  • Performer: Pieter Wispelwey, Paolo Giacometti (piano)
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (February 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Onyx Classics
  • ASIN: B002MHTHOY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAME on April 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
None of the music on this CD was written for the cello, even though the most familiar work, the "Arpeggione" Sonata D. 821 has entered the cello repertoire and become a staple. The work was originally written for the "guitar violoncello," as the arpeggione is described -- a six-stringed instrument tuned in thirds. The arpeggione went the way of the dodo very quickly, but Schubert's piece was too god to allow it to sink out of sight. Cellists find it a daunting work, and all tings being equal, the viola is better suited to Schubert's sonata, given how high much of the it lies. The Dutch virtuoso Pieter Wispelwey has not the slightest difficulty, however, and to offer himself a harder challenge, he plays with gut strings instead of steel, in order, he says, to give us what Schubert might have heard. In the same vein, his excellent accompanist, Paolo Giacometti, plays on a fortepiano form 1815.

I'm not a fan of period performance, which is why I've given this reading only four stars. Wispelwey avoids all the traps in the "Arpeggione," which can be too repetitive and melancholy in the wrong hands. His account is lively, with a nice rhythmic snap, but with steel strings (I've heard him live) he's much bolder and more forceful. Taming the sonata with the mellower gut strings affords a nice timbre, but I'd rather hear the other Wispelwey, the risk-taking virtuoso. The same holds true for the rest of the CD, which consists of transcriptions of music originally written for violin. The Duo for Cello and Piano D. 574 and especially the very late Fantasy in C D. 934, sit surprisingly well on the deeper-voiced instrument. Wisplewey could hardly be bettered. He is a sterling musician, and so is Giacometti, who comes across as an independent voice and not simply an accompanist.
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