Capucon, Renaud

Franck, Grieg, Dvorak: Sonatas for Violin & Piano

CD
13 Oct 2014

Barcode: 0825646250189

Composer: Franck, Grieg, Dvorak
Other participants: Khatia Buniatishvili

It was living legend Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon’s frequent duo partner and Khatia Buniatishvili’s mentor, who played musical matchmaker and brought these two brilliant performers together. Their concerts at Lugano Festival in 2012 were such a resounding success that the friendship stuck. Capuçon has been praised for his “intensely lyrical” tone and “gloriously rich sound” (BBC Music Magazine). His poised, expressive playing provides the ideal counterbalance to the impassioned pianism of 27-year-old Khatia Buniatishvili, the “fiery young star” (The Independent) hailed by Argerich as “a young pianist of extraordinary talent. I was impressed by her exceptional pianistic gift, natural musicality, imagination and her brilliant virtuosity.” Together, the pair has devised a delectable program of Romantic sonatas for violin and piano – all, extraordinarily, composed within a year in 1886-87. César Franck’s Sonata in A major is one of the finest in the genre, beloved for its soaring melodies and sensuous, light-filled final movement. “Khatia and I met over Franck’s sonata,” Capuçon recalls. “This is the sonata that sealed our musical partnership, the sheer joy of playing together.”

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: I. Allegretto ben moderato  - Renaud Capuçon 
02 Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: II. Allegro  - Renaud Capuçon 
03 Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: III. Recitativo-Fantasia. Ben moderato - Molto lento - a tempo moderato  - Renaud Capuçon 
04 Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: IV. Allegretto poco mosso  - Renaud Capuçon 
05 Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: I. Allegro molto ed appassionato  - Renaud Capuçon 
06 Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: II. Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza  - Renaud Capuçon 
07 Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: III. Allegro animato  - Renaud Capuçon 
08 Dvorak: 4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150: I. Allegro moderato  - Renaud Capuçon 
09 Dvorak: 4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150: II. Allegro maestoso  - Renaud Capuçon 
10 Dvorak: 4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150: III. Allegro appassionato  - Renaud Capuçon 
11 Dvorak: 4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150: IV. Larghetto  - Renaud Capuçon 


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