Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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.

This is a must-have for cello lovers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2006
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 794881816729
  • Catalog Number: 901930
  • Sales rank: 61,004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sonata for arpeggione & piano in A minor ("Arpeggione Sonata"), D. 821 - Franz Schubert & Jean-Guihen Queyras (25:03)
  2. 2 Das Wandern, song for voice and piano (Die schöne Müllerin), D. 795/1 (Op. 25/1) - Franz Schubert & Jean-Guihen Queyras (1:04)
  3. 3 Ungeduld ("Ich schnitt' es gern"), song for voice & piano (Die schöne Müllerin), D. 795/7 (Op. 25/7) - Franz Schubert & Jean-Guihen Queyras (1:31)
  4. 4 Little Pieces (3) for cello & piano, Op. 11 - Anton Webern & Jean-Guihen Queyras (2:23)
  5. 5 Die Vögel ("Wie lieblich und fröhlich"), song for voice & piano, D. 691 (Op. posth. 172/6) - Franz Schubert & Jean-Guihen Queyras (1:06)
  6. 6 Sonatina for violin & piano in D major, D. 384 (Op. posth. 137/1) - Franz Schubert & Jean-Guihen Queyras (12:57)
  7. 7 Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Coro"), D. 498 (Op. 98/2) - Franz Schubert & Jean-Guihen Queyras (1:45)
  8. 8 Pieces (4) for clarinet and piano, Op. 5 - Alban Berg & Jean-Guihen Queyras (7:47)
  9. 9 Nacht und Träume (Heil'ge Nacht, du sinkest nieder!"), song for voice & piano, D. 827 (Op. 43/2) - Franz Schubert & Jean-Guihen Queyras (2:44)
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Performance Credits
Jean-Guihen Queyras Primary Artist
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