Helene Grimaud and Sol Gabetta – Duo (180g Vinyl 2LP)


180-gram gatefold double LP includes album download voucher

Hélène Grimaud and Sol Gabetta have recorded their first album together for Deutsche Grammophon. It’s a musical sensation!

Two of today’s most passionate and inspirational artists join forces in the recital program that brought audiences to their feet at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad in Summer 2011. The chemistry between Helene Grimaud and Sol Gabetta left critics and audiences nothing short of euphoric and this first duo recording captures the revelatory magic of their collaboration.

This is the first time, that either artist has embarked on a dedicated duo recording project and it goes far beyond a traditional musical collaboration. Based on a rare understanding on many levels — musical, emotional and personal, this fresh and strong encounter does not even raise the question of who accompanies whom. Finding new musical insights in familiar work, Helene and Sol present masterpieces in new light.

The album reprises the same program the duo performed in Gstaad: Robert Schumanns Fantasiestucke, Claude Debussys Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Johannes Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in E minor and Dmitri Shostakovichs Sonata for Cello and Piano.

Like Grimaud, in addition to performing traditional repertoire with the worlds great orchestras, Sol Gabetta is a champion of new works and a passionate musical collaborator. Argentine-French of Russian origin, Sol is a best-selling, chart-storming artist, who is regarded as one of the great cellists of our day, impressing with her intriguing, full-bodied approach and a charismatic, conquering personality.


Side 1
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
Fantasiestücke, Op.73
1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
2. Lebhaft, leicht
3. Rasch und mit Feuer
Side 2
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegretto quasi minuetto
3. Allegro – Più presto
Side 3
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
Sonata For Cello And Piano In D Minor, L.135
1. Prologue (lent)
2. Sérénade (Modérément animé)
3. Finale (Animé)
Side 4
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
Sonata For Cello And Piano, Op.40
1. Allegro non Troppo
2. Allegro
3. Largo
4. Allegro

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