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Debussy / Franck: Music for Cello and Piano

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  • Audio CD (6 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000647IU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Sonata for Cello and Piano: I. PrologueDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sonata for Cello and Piano: II. Sérénade et FinaleDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sonata for Cello and Piano: III. FinaleDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. IntermezzoDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sonata for Cello and Piano: I. Allegro - Tempo di MarciaDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 5:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sonata for Cello and Piano: II. CavatineDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sonata for Cello and Piano: III. BallabileDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sonata for Cello and Piano: IV. FinaleDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sonata for Violin (arr. for Cello): I. Allegretto ben moderatoDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 6:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sonata for Violin (arr. for Cello): II. AllegroDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 7:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sonata for Violin (arr. for Cello): III. Recitativo - FantasiaDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 7:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sonata for Violin (arr. for Cello): IV. Allegro poco mossoDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 6:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. HabaneraDaniel Müller-Schott/Robert Kulek 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Once in a while--and it can be a long while--an ostensibly run-of-the-mill CD turns up that takes you wholly and a touch shamefacedly by surprise. And here’s a prime example: mainstream, much-recorded repertory (Debussy, Poulenc, Franck, Ravel) for cello and piano, issued as part of EMI’s ongoing Debut series to showcase a young German cellist whose name has just begun to feature on the Wigmore chamber circuit. At face value it’s a worthy venture--it's so important to support young artists. Then you play it and discover it’s far more than worthy. It’s completely captivating and can stand comparison with almost any version of this music currently on disc. At 26, Daniel Müller-Schott, has a distinctive personality inclined to pure, unblemished lyricism. He plays with no hint of rasp. His immaculately musical phrasing is long and sustained. And although you might prefer a stronger attack, especially at the slow, expansive speeds he chooses in the Franck Sonata, the result is fabulously beautiful: slightly reserved, but to the letter of a piece of advice by Piatigorsky that Müller-Schott cites in a liner note. "French music", Piatigorsky says, "must be played as though in a state of intoxication, but each and every note must be in its proper place." A telling comment and exactly as you find here. Highly recommended, even though the pianist has been heavily recorded.--Michael White

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
The playing of Daniel Müller-Schott and Robert Kulek is incredible! These young musicians combine an extremely passionate reading of the Sonatas by Debussy, Poulenc and Franck with an amazing feeling for the structure of these masterworks...
This is an outstanding recording!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 2002
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I've heard many artists playing the Franck Sonata before, but I didn't know that it can actually sound even more wonderful on the cello. This is a great recording and for me a true surprise...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Securi Cor on 8 Sep 2011
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The Debussy and Poulenc cello sonatas are not common fare in recital programmes but Muller-Schott makes a wonderful case for them with his performances. The Poulenc in particular exerts its charms with wit and plenty of lyrical melodies.
I have never been convinced by the cello version of the great Franck sonata until now. Schott and Kulek give an impassioned rendition with his big-boned cello tone singing strongly through the powerful piano textures. I particularly like the way his highest registers remain full and vibrant where some cellists become slightly nasal sounding.

If you want to open the horizons of your chamber music collection beyond the norm then buy this and surprise yourself.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A leading cellist of our time 13 Nov 2002
By Peter Witte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Daniel Mueller-Schott performed the Dvorak concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in June 2001. During the rehearsal - I was lucky to attend it - something extraordinary happened. When the echo of the last chord of the first movement had faded away, the uncomparable CSO spontaneously broke into an enormous ovation for the young cellist. Now, with his second CD with French chamber music being released, everybody will be able to verify the enthusiasm of these professional musicians. It is evident that Daniel Mueller-Schott must be ranked among the leading cellists of our time. The particular merit of this EMI recording is not only to be seen in presenting this miracle of a musician but more in the way really great chamber music is performed by Daniel and his absolutely congenial partner Robert Kulek, a Latvian born New Yorker. I actually had not heard of this pianist before, but as an old musician, I dare say Robert Kulek has everything that is needed for a great carrier. If you like to listen to an interpretation bursting of deeply felt passion and fervor in every single note, of breath taking virtuosity and heart breaking lyricisms: on this stunning CD you'll find it in abundance. Thank you, guys, for providing me with a musical experience so intense and cheering I have not had for a long, long time.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Keep your eye, and your EAR, on this one! 21 Dec 2003
By MartinP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just a few hours after ordering this disc I found out that Müller Schott would be performing with our local symphony orchestra, only five minutes from my doorstep, in less than a week. I got myself a ticket the next day (give him another year and he will sell out everywhere months in advance - and probably will no longer be performing in provincial backwaters...), and was rewarded with the first performance of Prokofiev's rambling, abstruse Sinfonia Concertante that actually made sense to me - all thanks to the musicianship of this young cellist. Sitting in a front row hardly 4 meters away from the performer, I also had ample opportunity to be dazzled by the apparent facility with which even the most demanding technical difficulties were tackled.
That virtuosity needs not get in the way of deeply felt music-making is proved with equal eloquence on this disc. Don't let the cover mislead you; - at first glance you might fear that you are dealing with the male counterpart of one-time cello pin-up Ofra Harnoy. I gathered from a recent interview that Müller Schott considers his uncommon good looks an embarrassment rather than an asset, but clearly his marketing people think otherwise, as evidenced by the sleeve and back inlay of this disc (not to mention his website). However, with musical qualities of this magnitude, you will soon be listening, and be amazed at what you hear! My only recording of the Debussy sonata was that by Maisky and Argerich (EMI), which I always found overblown, aggressive and unduly hectic and rushed - so much so that Maisky is unable to cope with the fast runs in the finale and reduces them to glissandi. Kulek and MS, who form an ideal partnership, inhabit a different world altogether and one, I would guess, much closer to the heart of Debussy. The strange, nostalgic mood of the first movement is perfectly realized, the introverted playing making this a deeply personal experience. That MS is a virtuoso as good as any is nevertheless quite plain to hear in his delightful rendering of the bizarre scherzo. The Finale is taken at a sensible speed that doesn't get in the way of clear articulation, and here even more than in other tracks I was struck by the meticulous attention paid to dynamic markings - e.g., the ecstatic ascending and crescendo phrase of the cello ending on a truly soft, not a loud high E. The Poulenc is a gem and Müller-Schott deserves praise both for unearthing it and for the way he plays it. The slow movement especially is haunting, quite as touching as the best of Poulenc's many songs. And even if, like me, you don't care much for the Franck violin sonata in its cello guise, this musical couple is audibly committed to it. If anyone can save it from stuffiness they can, and they are highly adept at clothing its (to my ears, many) stolid patches with such sheer beauty of sound that you might be tempted to start loving the piece... All in all a wonderful disc, representing an extremely felicitous marriage of infallible technique to musical insight. Whether you like M-S's inclination to use slides as an expressive gesture is a matter of taste - they were the only aspect in the music making that I suspect I may find somewhat irksome on repeated hearing, but that won't stop me from playing this disc very, very often!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, passionate, compelling! 21 July 2003
By C. J. Sturz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
WONDERFUL: this word describes the music and the performances. Muller-Schott and Kulek play these lovely works with a superb sense of phrasing, dynamics, architecture, and rubato. I bought this CD originally to become familiar with the Debussy and Poulenc Sonatas for cello and piano (I am a pianist), but the unexpected gem on the CD for me is the Franck Sonata in A (originally for violin and piano) transcribed for cello! It is, to me, the best performance of this work I have ever heard, live or recorded. The short Ravel piece which ends the disk is a minuature oasis of quiet beauty. This is one of my favorite CDs in a very extensive collection, and at the price listed it is a great deal!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By GEORGE RANNIE - Published on Amazon.com
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This marvelous album of cello with piano is filled with music that was written for and/or transcribed for the cello (with piano accompaniment) by some of the biggest names in French classical music. There are works by Claude Debussy (cello sonata in D minor), Francis Poulenc (cello sonata) Cesar Frank (violin sonata transcribed for cello in A major and a short piece by Ravel. Daniel Muller-Scott, on cello with Robert Kuelk on piano play all of the works most wonderfully bring to them much vitality combined with gorgeous tone and very deep emotions--bravo!

I particularly liked the sonata by Poulenc which is filled with his kind of quirky rhythms and melodies. Above all, I loved Daniel Muller-Schott's playing of the Frank--he and Robert Kuelk truly play that work with, as the saying goes, their "hearts on their sleeves". It is so very beautiful and touching.

I expect great things from the very young Daniel Muller-Schott. In light of this recording, he is well on his way to being what will be considered a great cellist.

By the way, the sound of the recording is great too--well balanced and so very warm!
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