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  • Composer: Rachmaninov, Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (7 Jan. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000LPRNVI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Sonate Pour Violoncelle Et Piano En Sol Mineur Op.19 (1901): I: LentoGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero13:40Album Only
  2. Sonate Pour Violoncelle Et Piano En Sol Mineur Op.19 (1901): II: Allegro ScherzandoGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero 6:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Sonate Pour Violoncelle Et Piano En Sol Mineur Op.19 (1901): III: AndanteGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero 6:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Sonate Pour Violoncelle Et Piano En Sol Mineur Op.19 (1901): IV: Allegro MossoGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero11:20Album Only
  5. Vocalise Pour Violoncello Et Piano Op. 34 No.14 (Transcription Pour Violoncello Et Piano)Gautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero 6:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Variation Op.18 De La Rapsodie Sur Un Thème De Paganini Op.43 (Transcription Pour Violoncello Et Piano)Gautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Sonata For Cello And Piano Op. 119 (1949): Andante Grave - Moderato AnimatoGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero12:22Album Only
  8. Sonata For Cello And Piano Op. 119 (1949): Moderato - Andante DolceGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Sonata For Cello And Piano Op. 119 (1949): Allegro, Ma Non TroppoGautier Capuçon/Gabriela Montero 8:56£0.99  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Wt Makhathini on 6 Dec. 2011
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I have listened to a few recordings of both works Rach & Prokofiev cello sonatas and until now I never thought my old Yo yo Ma & Ax-Masterworks will be surpassed but I must be honest im a little biased in favour of Ma & Ax for sheer poetry but then Gautier & Montero are on the money with a sublime performance that has climbed to the top of the rest with sheer sound. Words fail me to describe the beauty of tone that these two performers created. May be like most chamber music lovers & critics I tend to be biased towards favouring the warmth of the Rachmaninov cello sonata, yes its romantic and a famous work, but then Montero & Gautier presents a very strong, intimate Prokofiev cello sonata. On repeated listenings I actually determined that even though I really admire the Rach, the Prokofiev is performed much better than the Rach(not to say there is anything lacking in Rach. The Prokofiev i andate grave -moderato animato starts with the cello in its lower register producing a huge deep sound before the piano starts accompanying it along just trotting (please note that im not knowledgable in describing the exactness of meaning of the musical movements, its haunting especially the pizzicatos (plucking the strings of the cello which occurs on all 3 movements).The ii-moderato -andate dolce moderato(moderately slowly sweet) is so sweet but passionate, when I hear it, I always imagine Russian soldiers marching in a grand march sliding straight line with a salute , may be admiring yours truly "cruel Mr S"The liner notes states that most composers from Russia were ill treated /humiliated by their own Govt which interfered with the art.Yes indeed many left the Soviet for many reasons.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2014
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Gautier Capuçon has the most beautiful sound and is very well caught in this recording of two great cello sonatas. The Rachmaninov can sometimes seem a bit like a piano sonata with a cello accompaniment, but this version avoids this by tending to highlight the cello in the balance. There is so much going on in the piano part that it achieves a very successful effect where you do not feel the cello is swamped, but nevertheless feel the size of the piano writing as well. Gabriela Montero plays with a very plastic sense of moulding the line, so that everything starts with expressiveness, which is also a given in anything Capuçon plays. At the same time, the total mastery they show means that it also conveys a sense of structure, and altogether it is a joyous experience of one of the greatest cello sonatas in the repertoire. The Prokofiev is on the same exalted level, making it an ideal pairing. It also has a huge expressive reach, if tending towards quieter music, perhaps, and in a more modern idiom (they were written nearly 50 years apart). Both composers wrote them on coming out of a period of depression, but you wouldn't know this from the Rachmaninov (he was in his early twenties still). Prokofiev's sonata has a more serious tone and can be quite fierce at times, even though it is generally more introverted. The sounds he gets from both instruments are incredible. Capuçon and Montero bridge the gap with a couple of Rachmaninov arrangements that are easy on the ear before the greater challenge of Prokofiev's late work, written when he was 57 but still embattled with the Soviet authorities. It makes for a programme of remarkable balance that is surely one of the outstanding cello recordings of the last decade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2014
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Five BEAUTIFUL Stars!!! On the CD "Rhapsody", award-winning classical stars play beautiful 20th Century piano/cello rhapsodies by two Russian master composers and two adaptations. Gautier Capuçon the brilliant cello virtuoso, who comes armed with two cellos, and Gabriela Montero the acclaimed piano virtuoso, known for her classical music improvisational prowess, meld their talents to form an imposing and dynamic classical music duo, as they deliver stunningly beautiful renditions of music by Sergey Prokofiev and Sergey Rachmaninov. Kudos to the legendary Martha Argerich who suggested this amazing partnership.

Rachmaninov's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Opus 19 is highly enjoyable. The Andante movement in particular is marvelous, while the Allegro Scherzando is brisker in the fast parts than I have heard but it works because of the duo's teamwork and musicianship. The refrain is jaunty, and the slow part is well nuanced. For the first time in my experience, the Andante, a thing of pure breathtaking beauty, takes the cake as the best movement during this performance: i just keep playing it over and over. But the Allegro Mosso is also a gem. Two additonal pieces from Rachmaninov are a great version of "Vocalise", which is another brisker performance which ultimately is plaintive and haunting, and a beautiful 3:47 sliver of a transcription for the piano and cello from Rachmaninov's Opus 18 variation on Paganini's own Opus 43 (which went straight to my iPod) and they acquit themselves very well in both cases, as these transcription ventures can sometimes be risky.

The genius of Prokofiev is on full display in his Cello Sonata written for the formidable master cellist Mistislav Rostropovich and dedicated to a close friend.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
ELEGANCE & INTENSITY: Ms MONTERO AND Mr CAPUÇON ARE A DAZZLING DUO!! 11 Mar. 2008
By RBSProds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Five BEAUTIFUL Stars!!! On the CD "Rhapsody", award-winning classical stars play beautiful 20th Century piano/cello rhapsodies by two Russian master composers and two adaptations. Gautier Capuçon the brilliant cello virtuoso, who comes armed with two cellos, and Gabriela Montero the acclaimed piano virtuoso, known for her classical music improvisational prowess, meld their talents to form an imposing and dynamic classical music duo, as they deliver stunningly beautiful renditions of music by Sergey Prokofiev and Sergey Rachmaninov. Kudos to the legendary Martha Argerich who suggested this amazing partnership.

Rachmaninov's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Opus 19 is highly enjoyable. The Andante movement in particular is marvelous, while the Allegro Scherzando is brisker in the fast parts than I have heard but it works because of the duo's teamwork and musicianship. The refrain is jaunty, and the slow part is well nuanced. For the first time in my experience, the Andante, a thing of pure breathtaking beauty, takes the cake as the best movement during this performance: i just keep playing it over and over. But the Allegro Mosso is also a gem. Two additonal pieces from Rachmaninov are a great version of "Vocalise", which is another brisker performance which ultimately is plaintive and haunting, and a beautiful 3:47 sliver of a transcription for the piano and cello from Rachmaninov's Opus 18 variation on Paganini's own Opus 43 (which went straight to my iPod) and they acquit themselves very well in both cases, as these transcription ventures can sometimes be risky.

The genius of Prokofiev is on full display in his Cello Sonata written for the formidable master cellist Mistislav Rostropovich and dedicated to a close friend. It was first premiered at Prokofiev's request by Rostropovich who in turn recruited none other than master piano virtuoso Sviatoslav Richter, thus forming one of classical music's mightiest duos playing music of pure genius. Ms Montero and Mr Capuçon give an intense performance of this complex work of melancholy, pleasure, lyricism, and whimsy. The astounding, kaleidoscopic 12 minute first movement, Andante Grave, is full of deep emotions and technical wizardry and like much of the concerto allows Gautier to plum the depths of the lower register of his cello producing a rich mahogany sound, which is beautifully recorded. The Moderato movement is brighter and more lyrical, while the Allegro ma non troppo is upbeat and technically demanding: the Piece d'Resistance of the sonata. This is enjoyable duo music of the highest order, wonderfully recorded, and it gets my Highest Recommendation. Five WONDERFUL Stars!!
(This review is based on an iTunes download.)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Breathtaking Artistry!!!! 13 April 2008
By Edward Song - Published on Amazon.com
Gautier Capucon is the most special cellist of his generation. His collaboration with Gabriela Montero is a very life changing experience captured on recording. He's lucky to have a pianist that can just about do anything that they agree to do. The old school notion of a piano accompanist needs to player "softer" and find better balance is nonsense! These two take artistic risks that bring the music larger than life.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very nice performances but not exemplary, recommended regardless 16 July 2010
By Jeff Chan - Published on Amazon.com
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The Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano is one of the most beautiful pieces ever written. This recording will probably be the first time many listeners hear the work, and it will be inescapably easy for them to fall in love with the lush romantic beauty of it. It's wonderful that Virgin is bringing the work to a huge audience with popular young stars to help draw in listeners. Capucon and Montero give very good performances that are spirited, lively and intensely romantic. At times it may be a bit too romantic, for example in blurring some of the transitions between emotionally distinct sections. Rachmaninoff is known for subtle yet manic emotional contrasts, and some of that is glossed over here.

The recording is close-miked, particularly on the Capucon's cello, which results in occasional noises which one wouldn't hear in an actual concert such as fretwork. Also the balance of the recording occasionally favors the cello too strongly. The balance might have been better if the instruments were not so closely miked. A larger acoustic space around the instruments could serve to equalize their stature, particularly when they are playing dynamically-contrasting parts. This is yet another reason to avoid close-miking.

There is glorious writing here that at times isn't quite being fully-realized by either performer. This probably sounds like undue criticism, given how inherently beautiful the composition is. Well-played, every note has the potential to bring tears, and this performance doesn't do that for me. There's nothing wrong with their playing, technically, artistically or even emotionally, but it doesn't quite bring out all that it could from the music. Part of the issue may be that apart from the first movement some of the faster passages are played perhaps a bit too quickly. Quickening tempi on classical music performance has been going on for a long time, but it doesn't always work well. Pushing the tempi feels rushed and may not let all the emotion develop fully. Faster is not always better, especially for classical music.

A performance of the Sonata that I like better is likely long out of print: Stephen Kates and Carolyn Pope Kobler on Bainbridge BCD6272. The Bainbridge is a minimally-miked recording by legendary engineer Leo Gar Kukla. The instruments are clearly recorded in a real space and not too closely miked. The performers have the skill and talent to get more out of the composition, and I enjoyed their rendition more. Kates and Pope Kobler also appear to bring a sharper, stronger structure and deeper conception of the work. The 1981 Bainbridge recording uses a Neumann M-49 and two AKG C414 microphones, a highly-modified Sony PCM-F1 converter and the exceptionally fine Colossus multi-channel digital converter which has vastly higher resolution and clarity than the unfortunately ubiquitous Sony PCM 1630 which is well-known for using inferior brick wall filters and inferior analog op amps. It's very unfortunate that the 1630 was the standard converter for very many recordings. It pains to think about all the music degraded by the 1630 at a fundamental point in the recording chain. The Bainbridge recording is direct to digital through a Quad-8 mixer. Definitely minimalist compared to most recordings, it is an exceptional result both technically and musically.

Capucon and Montero's arrangement of the Vocalise is more successful than their arrangement of Paganini Variation 18. The former captures most of the spirit of the original vocal and piano duet, and the cello is arguably comparable to the human voice in potential expressiveness. The Variation certainly works as its own piece, but necessarily lacks some of the colors of the full orchestra from which the string part is derived. Both transcriptions work, but the Variation at times feels thinner compared to the full orchestral work. It may be possible that other performers may be able to get more out of Capucon and Montero's nice arrangement of the transcendentally-beautiful Variations. These minor misgivings aside, both pieces are fine arrangements and wonderful music.

I'm not familiar enough with the Prokofiev Sonata to review it fully, but it seems well-played.

Overall this is a very nice disc, and I'm very glad Virgin, Capucon and Montero brought it to us, but there are arguably better performances to be found. Despite all that, I would recommend it without hesitation, particularly as an accessible, available, mainstream introduction to these great works.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Young Blood, Gifted Artists: Rhapsody 5 Jun. 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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RHAPSODY is exactly what happens on this recording when the likes of Gabriela Montero, the Venezuelan protégé of Martha Argerich and specialist in improvisation, joins the handsome and enormously gifted young French cellist Gautier Capuçon. Sparks fly and passion rolls as they collaborate on four works that though different in structure manage to make for an intensely fascinating recital.

The opening work is the Rachmaninov Cello Sonata, a work as soaringly romantic as any in the literature. Capuçon makes it breathe and his responses to Montero's presence allow us to hear the inner lines of this piece as never heard before. This successful performance is followed by two little excerpts that would make terrific encores for recitals should these two take their show on the road The Rachmaninov 'Vocalise' is a melody much loved by sopranos in recitals, but hear the cello sings - and the melody is even more beautiful than the vocal version (or the orchestral version!). And again in the Variation No 18 from the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (another beloved Rachmaninov melody) both Capuçon and Montero play it from the heart.

Lest the listener wonders if these two dynamic musicians are not interested in pyrotechnics, the recital/recording closes with Prokofiev's Cello Sonata and it is brilliant. This is one of those recordings that is right for any mood and any time of the day. It is a Rhapsody - 'an effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling' - and melody doesn't get much more enriching than here. Grady Harp, June 11
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Rhapsodies and Rhapsodists 18 Nov. 2012
By Neal Smalley - Published on Amazon.com
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Capucon and Montero are among the top young performers. Here they bring the youthful zest that's refreshing for these two sonatas and that makes them truly rhapsodies. A formidible comparasion would be the recording of Rostropovich and Richter premiering the Prokofiev Cello & Piano Sonata. Do those two giants provide a better performance? I would say they provide a wonderful, perhaps more mature take that sounds a bit more Russian and Prokofievian than these younger players, but Capucon and Montero simply make different music which is aptly labelled rhapsodic.
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