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 unlikelySee more details below

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0094637408728
catalogNumber:
3740872
Rank:
337798

Tracks

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

    • Josef Suk
    • Renaud Capuçon
    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  - Renaud Capuçon  (03:10)
  8. Hora Staccato for violin & piano (or orchestra)  - Grigoras Dinicu  - Jascha Heifetz  - Renaud Capuçon  (02:08)
  9. Król Roger (King Roger), opera in 3 acts, Op. 46, M55: Roxana's Song

    • Karol Szymanowski
    • Renaud Capuçon
    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  - Renaud Capuçon  (04:22)
  11. Russian Songs (4), for voice & piano: [Excerpt]

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

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

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

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

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