Two of today's most passionate and inspirational artists join forces in the recital programme that brought audiences to their feet at the Menuhin Festival in
Gstaad in Summer 2011. The chemistry between HÉlène Grimaud and Sol Gabetta left critics and audiences nothing short of euphoric and this first duo
recording captures the revelatory magic of their collaboration.
This is the first time, that either artist has embarked on a dedicated duo recording project and it goes far beyond a traditional musical collaboration. Based
on a rare understanding on many levels - musical, emotional and personal, this fresh and strong encounter does not even raise the question of who
accompanies whom. Finding new musical insights in familiar work, HÉlène and Sol present masterpieces in new light.
The album reprises the same programme the duo performed in Gstaad: Robert Schumann's FantasiestÜcke, Claude Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Johannes Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in E minor and Dmitri Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano.
"Grimaud doesn't sound like most pianists: she is a reinventor of phrasings, a taker of chances Her albums aren't merely proficient tours through the
repertoire; they are highly personal explorations that can stand out among dozens of rival performances. Her strongly interpretive playing has made her
a favorite among many conductors and reviewers." (The New Yorker). HÉlène's recordings have been best-sellers on the Yellow Label with more than 800.000 units sold altogether to date.
Like Grimaud, in addition to performing traditional repertoire with the world's great orchestras, Sol Gabetta is a champion of new works and a passionate
musical collaborator. Argentine-French of Russian origin, Sol is a best-selling, chart-storming artist, who is regarded as one of the great cellists of our day,
impressing with her intriguing, full-bodied approach and a charismatic, conquering personality.
1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
2. Lebhaft, leicht
3. Rasch und mit Feuer
4. Prologue (lent)
5. SÉrÉnade (ModÉrÉment animÉ)
6. Finale (AnimÉ)
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegretto quasi minuetto
3. Allegro - Più presto
4. Allegro non troppo