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Haydn: Cello Concertos
     

Haydn: Cello Concertos

by Gautier Capuçon
 
For 22-year-old cellist Gautier Capuçon, brother of the similarly youthful and gifted violinist Renaud, the future seems very bright. This disc of Haydn concertos is the cellist's major-label solo debut, and it's a fresh and lively look at this charming music. Capuçon's tone is light and glowing, affording his

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For 22-year-old cellist Gautier Capuçon, brother of the similarly youthful and gifted violinist Renaud, the future seems very bright. This disc of Haydn concertos is the cellist's major-label solo debut, and it's a fresh and lively look at this charming music. Capuçon's tone is light and glowing, affording his playing a pleasingly airy and singing quality. Complement that with an unfussy yet graceful sense of phrase and add fingerwork that is crisp and nimble but never labored, and you have a musician who exudes effortless elegance. He offers stylish readings of both of Haydn's cello concertos, along with a D Major Concerto that was formerly attributed to Haydn, and Daniel Harding directs an animated accompaniment from the well-oiled Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Excellent sound quality tops off a first-rate effort from this young up-and-comer.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zoran Minderovic
Listeners should not get too excited about the third work on this disc, the "Cello Concerto in D major (Hob. VIIb.4)"; this is clearly not a composition by Haydn. While the liner notes describe this concerto as a work of "unknown authorship," rejecting the attribution "to a certain Constanzi", Haydn scholars rightly identify the composer as Giovanni Battista Costanzi (1704-1778), virtuoso cellist and composer. Constanzi's concerto is far from a thrilling work, and even Capuçon's extraordinary playing does little to redeem this work. But Capuçon's stupendous interpretation of the two Haydn concerti hugely rewards the listener who may have struggled through the third work. Beautifully accompanied by the magnificent Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Harding, who transforms the orchestral score into a rich, nuanced sonic tapestry, Capuçon plays the "Cello Concerto in C major" (composed in the early 1760s) with verve, charm, lightness of touch, and an impeccable sense of style. As a perfect vehicle for a cellist's technical prowess, this work has sometimes seduced players into neglecting the music itself and focusing on its dazzling surface. Others have played it as a late Haydn, carelessly and anachronistically, introducing early Romantic pathos into this Rococo jewel. Capuçon plays it perfectly: wearing his immense virtuosity lightly, he devotes his energies to revealing the exceptional beauty of this masterfully crafted work. In his interpretation of the "Concerto in D major," Capuçon picks a rather brisk tempo, cleverly avoiding the temptation to overemphasize the melodious lyricism of the first movement. Lacking the tremendous verve and formal excellence of the earlier work, the "Concerto in D major" greatly benefits from Capuçon's uncanny ability to capture the music's inner movement and authentic spirit.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0724354556029
catalogNumber:
45560

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  1. Oboe Concerto in C major, H. 7g/C1 (doubtful): I. Moderato  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Alain Lanceron  - Daniel Harding  - Gautier Capuçon  -  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  2. Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1: II. Adagio  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Daniel Harding  -  Mahler Chamber Orchestra  - Gautier Capuçon  - Alain Lanceron
  3. Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1: III. Finale: allegro molto  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Daniel Harding  -  Mahler Chamber Orchestra  - Gautier Capuçon  - Alain Lanceron
  4. Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, H. 7b/2 (Op. 101): I. Allegro moderato  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Alain Lanceron  - Daniel Harding  - Gautier Capuçon  -  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  5. Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, H. 7b/2 (Op. 101): II. Adagio  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Daniel Harding  -  Mahler Chamber Orchestra  - Gautier Capuçon  - Alain Lanceron
  6. Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, H. 7b/2 (Op. 101): III. Allegro  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Daniel Harding  -  Mahler Chamber Orchestra  - Gautier Capuçon  - Alain Lanceron
  7. Cello Concerto in D major H. 7b/4 (spurious): I. Allegro  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Alain Lanceron  - Daniel Harding  - Gautier Capuçon  -  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  8. Cello Concerto in D major H. 7b/4 (spurious): II. Adagio  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Daniel Harding  -  Mahler Chamber Orchestra  - Gautier Capuçon  - Alain Lanceron
  9. Cello Concerto in D major H. 7b/4 (spurious): III. Allegro  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Daniel Harding  -  Mahler Chamber Orchestra  - Gautier Capuçon  - Alain Lanceron

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