Schumann: Cello Concerto & Chamber Works (CD)

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Gautier Capuçon, Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bernard Haitink

Cellist Gautier Capuçon is the constant presence in this programme of music by Robert Schumann. In the Cello Concerto his partners are Bernard Haitink and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and in a selection of chamber works his violinist brother Renaud and the pianist Martha Argerich. “Bernard Haitink is a wonderfully inspiring guide,” says Gautier, “and Martha Argerich carries me along on the composer’s waves of romanticism and passion.”

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BBC Music Magazine

4 Stars

"Capuçon provides the best of both worlds, creating a profound sense of a lone figure lost in his thoughts during the first two movements, before suggesting an emotional rejuvenation in the finale…Bernard Haitink and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe follow him every inch of the way, creating mere whispers of sound on occasion, yet ensuring the more forthright tuttis are kept perfectly in scale…It is difficult to imagine the Fantasiestücke played more sensitively."

Sunday Times

 "Capuçon’s impetuosity and thoughtfulness are complemented by Haitink’s lifelong engagement with this music...Each of the [chamber] works is played with collective grace and elan by these crème de la crème chamber musicians."

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  • Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70
  • Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
  • Fantasiestücke in A minor for Piano Trio, Op. 88
  • Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
  • Stücke im Volkston (5), Op. 102