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Schubert: Fantasy In C (Fantasy In C/ Duo In A/ Arpeggione Sonata) CD


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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (26 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Onyx
  • ASIN: B002MHTHOY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Duo in A for Cello and Piano, D 574: I. Allegro moderatoPaolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey 9:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Duo in A for Cello and Piano, D 574: II. Scherzo: PrestoPaolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Duo in A for Cello and Piano, D 574: III. AndantinoPaolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Duo in A for Cello and Piano, D 574: IV. Allegro vivacePaolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey 5:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sonata in A Minor for Cello and Piano, D 821, "Arpeggione": I. Allegro moderatoPaolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey11:29Album Only
Listen  6. Sonata in A Minor for Cello and Piano, D 821, "Arpeggione": II. AdagioPaolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sonata in A Minor for Cello and Piano, D 821, "Arpeggione": III. AllegrettoPaolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey 8:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Fantasy in C for Cello and Piano, D 934: I. Andante moltoPaolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Fantasy in C for Cello and Piano, D 934: II. AllegrettoPaolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fantasy in C for Cello and Piano, D 934: III. AndantinoPaolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey 9:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Fantasy in C for Cello and Piano, D 934: IV. Allegro vivacePaolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Pieter Wispelwey, violoncelle - Poalo Giacometti, pianoforte

Review

'Cello transcriptions of violin works are surprisingly successful' 'I found the Fantasy, especially, remarkably convincing in its new guise. The transposition to cello increases the difficulties of what is already a demanding work, and enhances the sense of virtuosity as Wispelwey triumphantly surmounts each hurdle. .'..the performance of the Arpeggione is most accomplished...' --Gramophone April 2010

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I've got to be honest here. I bought this as a gift, mainly for the fact that it had the Arpeggione Sonata on it. It is a lovely piece (originally written for arpeggione as the name suggests...) that has been rewritten for our more typical string instruments. I especially favour the first movement, it is wonderfully light and fresh and Peter Wispelway does Schubert justice by keeping the tone innocent and pure whilst conveying it through immense skill. When choosing a recording, I did at first debate whether to go for the Rostropovich and Britten recording however it was too 'romanticised' for my liking. I feel the pairing between Wispelway and Giacometti is very compatible and they work beautifully together without either musician overpowering the other.

The recipient of the CD had actually been eyeing up this particular recording of the Arpeggione Sonata (unbeknownst to me!) since having heard it recommended on a Radio 3 episode of 'Building a Library'. I think this CD showcases some of Schubert's lesser known works (the Duo in A is also lovely) and I am sure it would be enjoyed by any cello or Schubert lover!
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By C. Elliott on 25 April 2010
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Pieter Wispelwey's and Paolo Giacometti's new Schubert recording is absolutely incredible. Not only does it take cello playing to new heights, but also delights with inspired interpretations of two of Schubert's substantial violin works. Giacometti works magic on the fortepiano, and Wispelwey's musical instincts are matched only by his super-human facility. His articulation and phrasing are unique and give these works exquisite clarity and beauty. The duo's virtuosity is but a means to an end: bringing new life and understanding to these beloved works. This is a must-have for lovers of Schubert, the fortepiano, the cello, the violin, and music.
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New territory for Schubert and the cello, done in period style 20 April 2010
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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None of the music on this CD was written for the cello, even though the most familiar work, the "Arpeggione" Sonata D. 821 has entered the cello repertoire and become a staple. The work was originally written for the "guitar violoncello," as the arpeggione is described -- a six-stringed instrument tuned in thirds. The arpeggione went the way of the dodo very quickly, but Schubert's piece was too god to allow it to sink out of sight. Cellists find it a daunting work, and all tings being equal, the viola is better suited to Schubert's sonata, given how high much of the it lies. The Dutch virtuoso Pieter Wispelwey has not the slightest difficulty, however, and to offer himself a harder challenge, he plays with gut strings instead of steel, in order, he says, to give us what Schubert might have heard. In the same vein, his excellent accompanist, Paolo Giacometti, plays on a fortepiano form 1815.

I'm not a fan of period performance, which is why I've given this reading only four stars. Wispelwey avoids all the traps in the "Arpeggione," which can be too repetitive and melancholy in the wrong hands. His account is lively, with a nice rhythmic snap, but with steel strings (I've heard him live) he's much bolder and more forceful. Taming the sonata with the mellower gut strings affords a nice timbre, but I'd rather hear the other Wispelwey, the risk-taking virtuoso. The same holds true for the rest of the CD, which consists of transcriptions of music originally written for violin. The Duo for Cello and Piano D. 574 and especially the very late Fantasy in C D. 934, sit surprisingly well on the deeper-voiced instrument. Wisplewey could hardly be bettered. He is a sterling musician, and so is Giacometti, who comes across as an independent voice and not simply an accompanist. But after half an hour of hearing the cello played with scant vibrato and the fortepiano piddling along, I had had enough, bemoaning my bad luck that the cover of this CD didn't warn me that it was a period product.
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