Yuya Wang and Gautier Capuçon

Virtuoso cello sonatas

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“Why should I have to write for the violin when I can write for the cello?” asked Sergei Rachmaninoff, evoking the newly kindled popularity the cello enjoyed at the beginning of the 20th century. Cello technique developed tremendously in the 19th century. Great virtuosos now came to the fore, and the instrument was in a sense rediscovered. The three works in today's concert testify to this rebirth. The name of Rachmaninoff also means that the pianist, too, has to give everything she’s got. Or rather, has the opportunity to do so: Yuja Wang has raised the bar even higher for what is considered unplayable. And Gautier Capuçon, one of today’s most prominent cellists, has precisely the great “symphonic” tone that this repertoire demands of its performer.

Photo that shows 2 Gautier Capucon Yuja Wang C Parlophone Records Ltd.

Program

Claude Debussy
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor

Dmitri Shostakovich
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, op. 40

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, op. 19

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