Rhapsody: Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev

Rhapsody: Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev

by Gabriela Montero, Gautier Capuçon


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Rhapsody: Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninoff & Prokofiev

The nearly uninterrupted string of strong, successful albums produced by cellist Gautier Capuçon (and indeed his violinist brother, Renaud) demonstrates that the CD debut Face à Face was not just a fluke produced by child prodigies. Rather, Face à Face was a springboard for what has proven to be an enduring career and ever-improving musicianship. On this latest album without his brother, Gautier collaborates with pianist Gabriela Montero on the cello sonatas of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. Fans of Capuçon's playing will recall that he had previously released a recording of the Rachmaninov sonata with pianist Lilya Zilberstein on the EMI label in 2003. While it may seem questionable to make duplicate recordings when he has recorded so little of the cello repertoire, it offers listeners an opportunity to see how his playing continues to mature even over a short span of five years. While some of the tempos are a little different than the 2003 recording, the most notable difference is that of sound, which has developed impressively with the help of his magnificent 1701 Gofriller cello. His command of sound is most obvious in the solo opening of the Prokofiev sonata. The immense depth and power of his sound on the lower two strings of the instrument is enough to mesmerize anyone. Power and projection permeate the album along with his stunning technique, deep understanding of the score, and pleasantly precise intonation.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2008
Label: Erato
UPC: 0094638578628
catalogNumber: 85786
Rank: 187426


  1. Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Op. 19
  2. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  3. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43: Variation No. 18
  4. Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 119

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