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Britten/Suites For Solo Cello No.1 And 3

Jean-Guihen Queyras Audio CD

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"Queyras performs as he breathesHis technical ease allows him to play with the music, to knead it, giving a particular character to each work... The alternation of shadow and light, assumption and allusive asides is the essence of Queyras art...A packed house listened to him, gobsmacked, and in absolute silence. Queyras speaks of the world he brings the ... Read more in Amazon's Jean-Guihen Queyras Store

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Listen  1. Suite No. 1, Op. 72: Canto primo. Sostenuto e largamente 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Suite No. 1, Op. 72: I. Fuga. Andante moderato 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Suite No. 1, Op. 72: II. Lamento. Lento rubato 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Suite No. 1, Op. 72: Canto secondo. Sostenuto 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Suite No. 1, Op. 72: III. Serenata. Allegretto: pizzicato 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Suite No. 1, Op. 72: IV. Marcia. Alla marcia moderato 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Suite No. 1, Op. 72: Canto terzo. Sostenuto 1:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Suite No. 1, Op. 72: V. Bordone. Moderato quasi recitativo 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Suite No. 1, Op. 72: VI. Moto perpetuo e Canto quarto. Presto 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Suite No. 2, Op. 80: I. Declamato. Largo 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Suite No. 2, Op. 80: II. Fuga. Andante 3:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Suite No. 2, Op. 80: III. Scherzo. Allegro molto 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Suite No. 2, Op. 80: IV. Andante lento 5:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Suite No. 2, Op. 80: V. Ciaccona. Allegro 7:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Suite No. 3, Op. 87: I. Introduzione. Lento 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Suite No. 3, Op. 87: II. Marcia. Allegro 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Suite No. 3, Op. 87: III. Canto. Con moto0:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Suite No. 3, Op. 87: IV. Barcarola. Lento 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Suite No. 3, Op. 87: V. Dialogo. Allegretto 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Suite No. 3, Op. 87: VI. Fuga. Andante espressivo - VII. Recitativo. Fantastico 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Suite No. 3, Op. 87: VIII. Moto Perpetuo. Prseto0:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Suite No. 3, Op. 87: IX. Passacaglia. Lento solenne 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Suite No. 3, Op. 87: Mournful song (Under the little apple tree). Molto semplice - Autumn. Vivace - Street song (The grey eagle). Pesante - Grant repose together with the saints. Lento 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For connoisseurs only 26 April 2002
By "stonechat" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Why has nobody else given this recording five stars? It's the same on rec.music.classical and the like: everybody recommends Rostropovitch and all sorts of other cellists, and I never see Queyras mentioned. But this is inexplicable! As Amazon's Edith says, he plays with "unfailingly beautiful, pure, variable tone, and total authority and involvement". These are fascinating and lovely works, subtle and introspective: and listening to this recording you feel as though Queyras is sitting right beside you. What's more, the price is excellent. Conclusion: only buy this CD if you're sure you're going to appreciate it. Otherwise don't spread the word, and leave the stock for people who really know what's worth listening to!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Assured playing and great sound. 3 Nov 2007
By P. Edwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Make no mistake, this is cello playing at its best. No strain with beautiful tone throughout, and more importantly a sublime understanding of this music. Apart from a miscalculated slowing down in the third suite, his tempos seem just right.
Highly recommended at any price.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a rich sense of bach 16 Nov 2007
By Murray Pura - Published on Amazon.com
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I am listening to it right now. The bowing is making my speakers hum with the wonderful resonance of Queyras's cello. A rich, warm black-brown resonance. Forgive me, for I don't mind period instruments or performances on period instruments, and I know his cello is a 1696 Gioffredo Cappa (on loan!), but his technique brings out a thick strong richness that I don't hear in some period performances. There the cello technique, to my ears, creates a thinner sound that has more ice in it, and more white. This happened recently comparing two sets of Bach's cello suites, one done in a modern style, the other baroque. The baroque rendering did not have the thick running-through-my-bones strength of the modern. It is a matter of taste. And Queyras's sound is what I have been missing from some other contemporary cellists. A dark French roast colour, beautiful, substantial, resonating right through with short strokes, long strokes, dark strokes.

It's impossible for me not to hear a semblance to Bach's unaccompanied suites here and from what I've read about Britten and these three suites, that effect was not unintended. I cannot see how anyone who loves Bach's suites would not love Britten's, especially played as powerfully and wonderfully as they are here. If you listen to this just once all the way through you will want to hear more of Queyras. Plenty of depth and passion on this CD. It should receive the SACD treatment just for that extra fullness (though the recording is so good it's hard to imagine how it could be improved upon.)
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING !!! 6 April 2007
By Renato Sau Rios - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've seen Queyras twice , at Sala São Paulo . He's an amazing cellist . His youth face tranforms itself when he plays .

I love his Britten's interpretations !

Great Album !!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy, my best performance so far, even over Rosyropovitch 8 Jun 2014
By Austin Audu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
He was able to convey the true pure musical inspiration of the music
Rather than just anguish as portrayed by other performers, hence
Making the music more enjoyable
Recorded sound is great from Harmoniaundi
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