Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata

Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata

by Jean-Guihen Queyras
     
 
One might be forgiven for initially thinking that this recital featuring works for cello and piano by Franz Schubert, Anton Webern, and Alban Berg was, well, a stunt. After all, aside from their birth in the city of Vienna, what do the three composers have in common? Schubert was the quintessential master of lyrical Austro-German romanticism, while Webern and Berg

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One might be forgiven for initially thinking that this recital featuring works for cello and piano by Franz Schubert, Anton Webern, and Alban Berg was, well, a stunt. After all, aside from their birth in the city of Vienna, what do the three composers have in common? Schubert was the quintessential master of lyrical Austro-German romanticism, while Webern and Berg were two of the three most reviled masters of atonal Austro-German expressionism -- the third, of course, was Arnold Schoenberg -- and one might think they'd be an impossible coupling. Not so: in this beautifully played and brilliantly programmed recital by cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexandre Tharaud, the works of Schubert, Webern, and Berg go together like a ménage à trois. A passionate but tender performance of Schubert's "Arpeggione" opens the disc, followed by alternations of five beguiling transcriptions of his songs and his "D major Violin Sonata" with an exquisitely ethereal performance of Webern's "Drei kleine Stücke" and an ardently emotional performance of a transcription of Berg's "Vier Stücke." Setting the usual side by side with the unusual is a wonderful way to make the usual seem fresh and the unusual seem more familiar. Captured in Harmonia Mundi's uncharacteristically warm, almost humid sound, this disc should be heard by anyone who likes Schubert, Webern, and Berg, or just great playing.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Duncan Druce
The idea of placing Schubert alongside more recent Viennese music is most imaginative.... One wouldn't guess, from this splendid performance, that [the Berg] wasn't originally for cello.
Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
This is a must-have for cello lovers.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2006
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
0794881816729
catalogNumber:
901930
Rank:
90335

Tracks

  1. Sonata for arpeggione & piano in A minor ("Arpeggione Sonata"), D. 821
  2. Das Wandern, song for voice and piano (Die schöne Müllerin), D. 795/1 (Op. 25/1)
  3. Ungeduld ("Ich schnitt' es gern"), song for voice & piano (Die schöne Müllerin), D. 795/7 (Op. 25/7)
  4. Little Pieces (3) for cello & piano, Op. 11
  5. Die Vögel ("Wie lieblich und fröhlich"), song for voice & piano, D. 691 (Op. posth. 172/6)
  6. Sonatina for violin & piano in D major, D. 384 (Op. posth. 137/1)
  7. Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Coro"), D. 498 (Op. 98/2)
  8. Pieces (4) for clarinet and piano, Op. 5
  9. Nacht und Träume (Heil'ge Nacht, du sinkest nieder!"), song for voice & piano, D. 827 (Op. 43/2)

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