“Franck, Chopin, Piazzola: Music For Cello And Piano”
|Frédéric François Chopin||
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65,
Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3.
|César Auguste Franck||Cello Sonata in A major.|
|Astor Piazzólla||Le Grand Tango.|
Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Yuja Wang (Piano).
“Finesse and fire from a starry musical duo … A recital that showcased the very best in collaborative music-making,” was how the Toronto Star described the concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto that formed the basis for this recording.
It was part of an extensive North American tour made in Spring 2019 by cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Yuja Wang, who established their musical partnership several years ago, notably consolidating it with performances at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. “[They] had worked their interpretations into perfect unity,” continued the Toronto Star. “They both possess remarkable technique: Wang with her seemingly impossible legato runs and fingers that endlessly spin the most luxurious of musical silk; Capuçon with his graceful phrasing supported by seemingly infinite gradations of bow control.”
When their tour took them to Boston, The Classical Review observed that “Capuçon and Wang share a similar vigor and alert spontaneity that make it seem as if they are finishing each other’s phrases. The French cellist plays with a robust intensity that brings out drama from even the most delicate of works … Wang proved a subtle and thoughtful partner … It seemed that the two had been playing together for a lifetime.”
The programme for the album comprises two works by Chopin, his Sonata in A Major and his Polonaise brillante in C Major, and Franck’s Sonata in A Major, a transcription by the 19th century cellist Jules Delsart of the Belgian composer’s glorious violin sonata.
“The two sonatas, very different in character, gave the duo an excuse to explore the softer side of virtuosity,” observed the Toronto Star. “Together, they frequently made the music whisper without losing any of its engaging tone. The pianissimo playing drew our attention into a rapt, tight circle around the stage lights.”