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Yuja Wang, Gautier Capucon

Sergei Rachmaninoff - Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op.

Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: November 19, 2021

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Verbier Festival in 2013
St. Prex Classics Festival 8-28-2013
1 I. Lento. Allegro moderato 12:05  
2 II. Allegro scherzando 06:25  
3 III. Andante 05:40  
4 IV. Allegro mosso 10:04  
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Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata Op.19, one of the great landmarks of late Romantic music, has found its ideal interpreters in Yuja Wang and Gautier Capuçon. Their new recording of the work for Deutsche Grammophon projects a partnership of equals fully immersed in the music’s turbulent emotions and striking expressive contrasts. Released digitally on 19 November 2021, it will also form part of a full album from Wang, Capuçon and clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer to follow next October, on which it will be coupled with Brahms’s Cello Sonata and Clarinet Trio. 

The Rachmaninoff Sonata is a work that makes equally high demands on both players. Revealing the depth of their communicative connection, regular chamber partners Wang and Capuçon convey every dramatic twist and turn of its score, from the darkness and despair of the opening movement to the joyful ecstasy of the finale. Yuja Wang’s artistry in Rachmaninoff has been praised for its compelling combination of “astonishing facility” (Gramophone), “exquisitely nuanced playing” (Evening Standard, London) and “devil-may-care glamour and dexterity” (Guardian). Gautier Capuçon, meanwhile, has earned acclaim for performances noted for their striking passion and uncanny range of tone colours.

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