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This album features three iconic 20th-century Russian composers who all left their homeland: Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. It includes selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata in G Minor, both arranged by by Vadim Borisovsky, as well as a transcription by Rodolfo of Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne for viola and piano. BELOW: Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights:
Prokofiev first became fascinated by the violin upon hearing the playing of his private teacher, Reinhold Glière. A dozen years later Prokofiev wrote his Violin Concerto No.1– a work of contrasting open-hearted lyricism and playfulness that features a wild central Scherzo with dazzling technical gymnastics. By contrast, the Violin Concerto No. 2 is emotionally reserved and sardonic, with a plaintive and long-arching slow movement. Composed by Soviet commission as an ensemble piece to be played by talented young violinists in unison, the Sonata for Solo Violin can also be played by a single performer. BELOW: Sonata for Solo Violin in D Major, Op. 115: II. Theme & Variations
Cellist Gautier Capuçon celebrates his fortieth birthday this year – 35 years of which have been spent with his cello. "To mark this birthday, I have chosen a selection of works for solo cello by Johann Sebastian Bach, Henri Dutilleux and Zoltán Kodály, pieces that I have played many times and that have always inspired me, as well as a work by Javier Martínez Campos as an encore," Capucon said. BELOW: Gautier Capuçon plays J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1, I. Prelude:
This album celebrates a musical rapport that has lasted for 20 years, as well as a true friendship: "We’re like two sisters, on stage and in life," violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja said of her relationship with cellist Sol Gabetta. This album features violin-cello duos, including duos written by Zoltán Kodály and Maurice Ravel in the early 20th century; as well as Baroque-period duos by Leclair, Scarlatti, and Bach. There are also works by 21st-century composers to whom the two musicians are very close: Jörg Widmann, Francisco Coll and Julien-François Zbinden. BELOW: pizzicato and pictures...
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