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For her latest album Vasks: Presence (Sony Classical) - cellist Sol Gabetta has recorded works by one of her friends, the contemporary Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks. At the heart of album is the world-premiere recording of the composer's Second Cello Concerto, Klātbūtne - Presence, a lyrically cantabile and tonally sensuous work that is dedicated to the cellist, which she premiered in 2012 with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under Candida Thompson.
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Sol Gabetta nominated for 2017 Gramophone - Artist of the Year
Once again, Gramophone is inviting its readers and visitors to vote for its new Artist of the Year. From a shortlist of 10, drawn up by the magazine's editors, readers are invited to vote. While Gramophone's panel of critics votes for the 12 record categories and Recording of the Year, since 2003 the Artist of the Year has been in the gift of our readers. Voting runs from June 16 to July 31 and the winne...
SOL GABETTA - LIVE / The Strad review
Sol Gabetta's vividly recorded live performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic offers a weightier reading than her earlier studio release on RCA with Mario Venzago (reviewed in September 2010). A strong depiction of nostalgia underlies this interpretation, giving some of the reflective moments more depth, but maintaining the sparkling, fleet-of-foot delivery in ...
Sol Gabetta featured on Performance Today
Sol Gabetta plays cello with intelligence, emotion, and a lively wit. She lives in Switzerland, and her career is mainly in Europe. But on Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear from a rare concert Sol Gabetta gave here in the states with the Houston Symphony. Here is the full Episode Playlist Hour 1 Frederic Chopin : Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 4 No. 25 Nikolai Lugansky, pian...
Sol Gabetta, Alessio Bax play UCSB's Hahn Hall / Santa Barbara Independent
The Music Academy of the West's charming Hahn Hall held an intimate concert last Wednesday when renowned cellist Sol Gabetta made her debut with pianist Alessio Bax, performing arrangements written specifically for their two powerful instruments. Opening with Robert Schumann's emotionally charged Fantasiestücke, Gabetta disappeared into a world of her own, so mesmerized by the material. During the d...
Plenty to marvel at in Sol Gabetta's Herbst Theatre recital / San Francisco Chronicle
There was plenty to marvel at in the magnificent recital given on Tuesday night by the Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta - her effortless precision and grace, her rhythmic fluency, or the expansive interpretive approach she took to music built on various different scales. But the one that I kept coming back to during Gabetta's first local appearance, presented in Herbst Theatre by San Francisco Performances,...
Sol Gabetta, in control for Celebrity Series debut / Boston Musical Intelligencer
Sol Gabetta is a cellist whose distinctive style emerges across the larger spans of movements, whole works, and even entire programs. Yes, she has a beautiful tone, a broad palette of colors, and a knack for lyrical phrasing, but this just describes the surface of her cool, analytical interpretations. On Wednesday night, Gabetta played a weighty, sometimes chilling recital for the Celebrity Series Debut ...
Sol Gabetta wins 2016 ECHO Klassik awards / The Strad
The Deutsche Phono-Akademie (German record industry) has named the 57 winners of its 2016 ECHO Klassik awards, honouring ‘the most successful and outstanding achievements' of German and international classical musicians over the last 12 months. Among the string players recognised by the industry is Sol Gabetta who wins the Instrumentalist Cello title for her Vasks ‘Presence' recording...
Sol Gabetta - Vasks Makes WRTI's Summertime Roundup
WRTI's Mark Pinto fills us in on the latest classical music CDs Saturdays at 5 pm on Classical New Releases. Here are five newly released recordings he recommends. Take a look! Sol Gabetta, Peteris Vasks, Amsterdam Sinfonietta: Presence - Latvian composer Peteris Vasks takes the listener on a spiritual journey in these three pieces for cello. In his Cello Concerto No. 2 "Presence," the instrument...
First night of the Proms review - tribute to France opens a stirring evening / theguardian
Everyone, not only the Prommers, stood for the first piece played in this year's BBC Proms. In an unannounced gesture of solidarity, conductor Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra led off with the Marseillaise, as the lights behind them turned red, white and blue. It may not have been what David Pickard had initially planned as the opening piece of his first season in charge of the Proms, but ...
This year - BBC Proms celebrates the cello. Sol Gabetta describes why she loves the instrument / theguardian
This year, the BBC Proms celebrates the cello, with 12 concerts dedicated to the instrument. As she prepares to open the event's first night, Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta describes why she loves this strange, beautiful and ‘erotic' instrument People often ask me why I chose the cello. The answer is simple: in fact, the cello chose me. I attended a school with a strong choral tradition. ...
Sol Gabetta opens 2016 BBC Proms / Female First Q&A
Born in Argentina, Sol Gabetta achieved international acclaim upon winning the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2004 and making her debut with Wiener Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev. Following her highly acclaimed debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in 2014 and at Mostly Mozart in New York in August 2015 this season sees Gabetta deb...
Sol Gabetta and BBC Proms collaborate for - Cello / The Strad
Cellist Sol Gabetta has teamed with 59 Productions to create ‘Cello', a short film commissioned by the BBC Proms. The film features Gabetta performing the opening of Elgar's Cello Concerto as her 300-year-old Gofriller instrument is transformed by a series of animations which respond to and evolve with Elgar's music. 59 Productions, which has previously mapped moving images to the Sydne...
Sol Gabetta makes HuffPost 'Ten Essential Picks' for Piatigorsky International Cello Festival
If you want to understand what the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky was like as a man and a cellist, you can learn a lot about the role he played in shaping the 21st century cello world, at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival taking place for 10 days, at Disney Hall and USC, beginning May 15. There will be concerts, workshops, seminars, displays of fine instruments, marketplaces and more cellist...
A musical journey with Sol Gabetta / Deutsche Welle
She's a TV host in Germany, a cello teacher in Switzerland and has her own music festival. Sol Gabetta also co-founded the the Capella Gabetta, a period instrument orchestra we'll hear this hour. Sol Gabetta considers each performance a journey she wants to take the audience along on, telling DW, "It's interesting to see them afterwards. Having been with me on a two-hour trip, they go away sa...
Sol Gabetta - Vasks: Presence / Washington Post review
When the cellist Sol Gabetta was 18 years old, she heard an intriguing piece for solo cello and voice by the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. Years later, Gabetta found the score, tracked down the composer, invited him to the music festival she runs in Switzerland and pestered him to write her a cello concerto. She got her wish in 2012 with "Klatbutne" (Presence), an arresting 35-minute work for cello and...
Sol Gabetta - Vasks: Presence / The Strad review
Conviction is everything when performing music by the Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks. Without it, his highly emotional works can sound simply mawkish or manipulative. But with a sure sense of inner belief, his simple, glowingly tonal music can achieve the kind of spiritual introspection he's surely aiming for – and cellist Sol Gabetta evidently has a firm faith in Vasks's somewhat fragile, vul...