Gautier Capuçon und Yuja Wang

Music for cello and piano

Photo that shows Yuja Wang By Norbert Kniat Dg 11. ©  Norbert Kniat
© Norbert Kniat
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César Franck’s Violin Sonata is such a marvelous work that many musicians could not resist arranging it for their own instruments. There have been versions for viola, flute, and cello – the latter so popular that it is now heard almost more often than the original. The Franck Sonata will be the highlight of a Festival Hall concert with Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang that also features music by Chopin. With Franck’s Sonata, the two artists have the opportunity to show why they have been among the world’s best for years: after an introspective beginning, the second movement unleashes a virtuosity that is particularly suited to Yuja Wang, one of today’s most daring young pianists. Gautier Capuçon’s ability to sustain tension with a single extended musical line can be heard in the Adagio. In this movement, the music approaches the depth of expression of Bach, before the two instruments try to outshine one another in a concluding canon.

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Frédéric Chopin
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, op. 65
Introduction et Polonaise brillante for Cello and Piano in C major, op. 3

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César Franck
Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major

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