Capriccio

Capriccio

by Renaud Capuçon
     
 
Though the notion of a disc of violin encores may seem like a holdover from an earlier era that prized a performer's flash above taste, the idea is given new life in this 2008 Virgin release by French violinist Renaud Capuçon. Best known for his work with pianist Martha Argerich, the serious Capuçon might seem to some an unlikely

Overview

Though the notion of a disc of violin encores may seem like a holdover from an earlier era that prized a performer's flash above taste, the idea is given new life in this 2008 Virgin release by French violinist Renaud Capuçon. Best known for his work with pianist Martha Argerich, the serious Capuçon might seem to some an unlikely candidate for a disc of flamboyant encores. But Capuçon is not a typical, serious violinist nor are these typical, flamboyant encores. Here, Capuçon has included favorites like Kreisler's "Liebeslied" and Dinicu's "Hora staccato" along with rarities like Stravinsky's "Russian Song" and Szymanowski's "Roxanna's Song" and so cannot be accused of sticking with safe standard repertoire. But whether the work is tried and true or fresh and new, Capuçon's playing makes it all sound vital and vivid. His phrasing in Schubert's "Ave Maria" floats the melody like a singer, his rhythm in Dvorák's "Slavonic Dance" drives the tempo like a dancer, and his effortless virtuosity in Poldini's "Poupée valsante" matches the finest players of the past. Best of all, Capuçon always sounds like himself and no one else. His combination of focused vibrato, smooth register shifts, and burning energy is wholly unique, and whether the work is familiar or unfamiliar, Capuçon makes it his own. Accompanied with sympathy by pianist Jérôme Ducros and recorded in detailed digital sound by Virgin, Capuçon's performances may thrill even jaded violin fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0094637408728
catalogNumber:
3740872

Tracks

  1. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Alain Lanceron  - Jérôme Ducros  (02:23)
  2. Bagatelle for violin & piano, "Die Biene" Op.13/9  - Franz Schubert  - August Wilhelmj  (01:15)
  3. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)  - Franz Schubert  (04:11)
  4. La capricieuse -- morceau de genre, for violin & piano, Op. 17  - Edward Elgar  (03:56)
  5. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)  - Antonin Dvorák  (03:09)
  6. Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 17: 3. Un poco triste

    • Josef Suk
    1. 3. Un poco triste  (03:43)
  7. Slavonic Dance No. 1 for violin & piano in G minor (transcription of Dvorák's Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 46/2)  - Fritz Kreisler  (03:10)
  8. Hora Staccato for violin & piano (or orchestra)  - Grigoras Dinicu  - Jascha Heifetz  (02:08)
  9. Król Roger (King Roger), opera in 3 acts, Op. 46, M55: Roxana's Song

    • Karol Szymanowski
    1. Roxana's Song  (05:25)
  10. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3  - Claude Debussy  (04:22)
  11. Russian Songs (4), for voice & piano: [Excerpt]

    • Igor Stravinsky
    • Samuel Dushkin
    1. [Excerpt]  (03:26)
  12. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 1 for orchestra, Op. 64 bis: Masks

    • Sergey Prokofiev
    • Jascha Heifetz
    1. Masks  (02:09)
  13. Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  (03:28)
  14. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice")  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  - Fritz Kreisler  (03:48)
  15. Much Ado About Nothing, suite from the incidental music for violin & piano, Op. 11: Garden scene

    • Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    1. Garden scene  (05:18)
  16. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Waltz

    • Richard Strauss
    • Vasa Prihoda
    1. Waltz  (07:12)
  17. An einsamer Quelle, for piano, Op. 9/2 (TrV 127/2)  - Richard Strauss  - Vasa Prihoda  (03:37)
  18. The Dancing Doll, for piano ("Poupée Valsante")  - Ede Poldini  (02:26)
  19. Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  (03:18)
  20. Er, der Herrlichste von allen, song for voice & piano (Frauenliebe und -leben), Op. 42/2  - Robert Schumann  (02:43)
  21. Du Ring an meinem Finger, song for voice & piano (Frauenliebe und -leben), Op. 42/4  - Robert Schumann  (02:19)

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