Pieter Wispelwey / Paolo Giacometti

The Complete Duos / Phantasie

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917720426
Catnr: EPRC 0018
Release date: 08 May 2015
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€ 19.95
Evil Penguin
Catalogue number
EPRC 0018
Release date
08 May 2015

"vpro - april 2016"

vpro, 20-4-2016

About the album

Can a virtuoso be expected to keep his hands off cherished chamber works because they were not written for his instrument? Should a passionate admirer of Schubert and Brahms really forego on 14 duos because he does not play the violin, the viola, the flute, or the arpeggione?
Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey doesn’t believe so. In his largest phonographic enterprise up to now, he embarks on a series of 6 CDs dedicated to the complete chamber duos by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. Teaming up with his trusted piano partner Paolo Giacometti, Wispelwey wants to demonstrate that music written by major Lied composers can rewardingly be played on the violoncello, the string instrument which most resembles the human voice.
On “Phantasie”, the upcoming first installment of the Complete Duo series, Wispelwey confronts late works – Schubert’s sensational Fantasie D. 934 and Brahms’s breathtakingly lyrical Viola Sonata op. 120 nr. 2 – with the ebullient but unusually profound Sonatina D. 409 Schubert wrote as a young man of 19.
Wispelwey and Giacometti have been called “exceptionally imaginative and impassioned performers” (American Record Guide), and their collaboration has spawned recordings rated as “fascinating, provocative, almost perverse” on account of their “immediacy and involvement” (Sunday Times). A previous Brahms project was hailed a “tremendous performance” on account of its “wonderfully imaginative and wide-ranging tonal qualities” (BBC Music Magazine).
Mag men van een virtuoos verwachten dat hij de handen afhoudt van enkele van zijn lievelingswerken omdat ze niet voor zijn instrument bedoeld zijn? Moet een vurig bewonderaar van Schubert en Brahms echt 14 duo’s verloochenen omdat hij geen viool, altviool, fluit, of arpeggione speelt?

Ambitieus project

De Nederlandse cellist Pieter Wispelwey vindt van niet. In zijn meest ambitieuze opnameproject tot nu toe wijdt hij 5 cd's aan de complete kamerduo’s van Franz Schubert en Johannes Brahms. Samen met zijn vertrouwde pianopartner Paolo Giacometti wil Wispelwey met die reeks aantonen dat het loont om muziek van grote liedcomponisten op de cello te spelen, het strijkinstrument dat de menselijke stem het dichtst benadert.

Op dit eerste deel van de Complete Duos reeks, met de titel Phantasie, plaatst Wispelwey late werken, Schuberts sensationele Fantasie D. 934 en Brahms adembenemend lyrische Sonate op. 120 nr. 2, naast de sprankelende maar ongewoon diepe Sonatine D. 409 die Schubert op z’n 19de schreef.

Uitzonderlijke artiesten

Wispelwey en Giacometti worden door American Record Guide “uitzonderlijk fantasievolle en gepassioneerde artiesten” genoemd en Sunday Times roemt hun partnerschap dat opnames en concerten opleverde die het blad als “fascinerend, provocerend, haast pervers” beschrijft. Een eerder Brahmsproject kreeg van BBC Music Magazine het label “sensationeel” mee omwille van de “wonderlijke verbeeldingskracht en het brede toongamma”.
Kann man von einem Virtuosen erwarten, dass er die Finger von einigen der beliebtesten Kammermusikwerken lässt, nur weil sie nicht für sein Instrument geschrieben wurden? Sollte ein leidenschaftlicher Bewunderer von Schubert und Brahms wirklich auf 14 Duos verzichten, nur weil er nicht Violine, Viola, Flöte oder Arpeggione spielt?

Die Antwort des niederländischen Cellisten Pieter Wispelwey ist ein klares „Nein“: In seinem bislang größten Studio-Unterfangen stürzt er sich in das Abenteuer einer Sechs-CD-Serie der gesamten Kammer-Duos von Franz Schubert und Johannes Brahms. Zusammen mit seinem Partner Paolo Giacometti möchte er zeigen, dass Musik von großen Liedkomponisten auch auf dem Cello sehr lohnenswert zu spielen ist, ist das Cello doch auch das Instrument, das der menschlichen Stimme am nächsten kommt. Als Hörer darf man sich in jedem Falle auf ein außergewöhnliches und bereicherndes Projekt freuen.
È immaginabile che un virtuoso del violoncello si astenga dall’amata musica da camera perché non è destinata al suo strumento? Pieter Wispelwey non lo crede, e la sua determinazione l’ha portato a un notevole allargamento del repertorio per violoncello. Per la sua avventura discografica a tutt’oggi più ambiziosa, Wispelwey collabora con l’amico pianista Paolo Giacometti in una collana di 6 CD dedicata all’integrale dei duetti da camera di Franz Schubert e Johannes Brahms. Il primo volume è intitolato ‘Fantasia’ e mette a confronto due opere tarde: l’eccezionale Fantasia D. 934 di Schubert e la struggente Sonata per viola op. 120 n. 2 di Brahms – con la giovanile ma insolitamente profonda Sonatina D. 409 di Schubert.


Pieter Wispelwey is among the first of a generation of performers who are equally at ease on the modern or the period cello. His acute stylistic awareness, combined with a truly original interpretation and a phenomenal technical mastery, has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertoire ranging from JS Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter and works composed for him.

Born in Haarlem, Netherlands, Wispelwey’s sophisticated musical personality is rooted in the training he received: from early years with Dicky Boeke and Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam to Paul Katz in the USA and William Pleeth in Great Britain. In 1992 he became the first cellist ever to receive the Netherlands Music Prize, which is awarded to the most promising young musician in the Netherlands.

Highlights among future concerto performances include a major tour in Australia, focusing on the cello concertos dedicated to Rostropovich (Sydney Symphony, Queensland Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, and Canberra International Festival), as well as engagements with the National Symphony of Ireland, Warsaw Philharmonic, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Beethovenorchester Bonn, Liege Philharmonic, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Sao Paulo Symphony.

Recent and future recital highlights include Vienna (Konzerthaus), Paris (Louvre), London (LSO St Luke’s, Wigmore Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Prinsengracht), Brussels (Flagey), Boston (Celebrity Series), San Francisco, Princeton, Dortmund (Konzerthaus), Essen (Philharmonie), Tokyo (Toppan Hall, Bunka Kaikan), Beijing (National Performing Arts Centre), and the Seoul Arts Center.

Pieter Wispelwey recently formed a string quartet, Quartet-Lab, with Patricia Kopatchinskaia, Pekka Kuusisto and Lilli Maijala.Quartet-Lab’s debut project was at the Konzerthaus Dortmund in September 2012, and extensive touring is being planned in 2013 and 2014, including Wigmore Hall in London, Konzethaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Schloss Elmau, Helsinki Festival and Beethovenfest Bonn.

Pieter Wispelwey celebrated his 50th birthday last year by embarking on a project showcasing the Bach Cello Suites. He recorded the complete Suites for the third time, released in September 2012, on the label ‘Evil Penguin Classics’. The box set also includes a DVD featuring illustrated debates on the interpretation of the Bach Suites with eminent Bach scholars.

Wispelwey’s career spans five continents and he has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Tokyo Philharmonic, Sapporo Symphony, Sydney Symphony, London Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Danish National Radio Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg, collaborating with conductors including Ivan Fischer, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jeffrey Tate, Kent Nagano, Sir Neville Marriner, Philippe Herreweghe, Vassily Sinaisky, Vladimir Jurowski, Paavo Berglund, Louis Langrée, Marc Minkowski, Ton Koopman, Libor Pesek and Sir Roger Norrington.

With regular recital appearances in London (Wigmore Hall), Paris (Châtelet, Louvre), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw), Brussels (Bozar), Berlin (Konzerthaus), Milan (Societta del Quartetto), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon), Sydney (The Utzon Room), Los Angeles (Walt Disney Hall) and New York (Lincoln Center), Wispelwey has established a reputation as one of the most charismatic recitalists on the circuit

Pieter Wispelwey’s impressive discography of over 20 albums, available on Channel Classic, Onyx and Evil Penguin Classics, has attracted major international awards. Recent releases include Walton’s Cello Concerto (Sydney Symphony/Jeffrey Tate), Prokofiev’s Symphonie Concertante (Rotterdam Philharmonic/Vassily Sinaisky), Britten Cello Symphony (Flanders Symphony / Seikyo Kim) – all recorded live – as well as a unique set of works by Schubert for cello and piano (Fantasy D934, Grand Duo D574, Arpeggione Sonata), recorded on period instruments. The latest release – Pieter’s third recording of the Bach Cello Suite for Evil Penguin Classics, was released in September 2013 to unanimous critical acclaim. His next release (Spring 2013 on Onyx) will feature Lalo’s Cello Concerto and Saint-Saens’s Cello Concerto No.2.

Pieter Wispelwey plays on a 1760 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini cello and a 1710 Rombouts baroque cello.


vpro - april 2016
vpro, 20-4-2016

''Een selectief gebruik van vibrato en (bij de opening van the Fantasie) een beetje opvallende portamentos zijn zetten je zeker weten aan het denken, niettemin is het algehele effect een verworwen smaak''
The Strad, 01-12-2015

"harbors some tonal surprises."
kulturradio rbb, 01-9-2015

"Here two musicians are playing together, listening to each other and it seems like they are fascinated themselves, that their focus lays on different aspects." Music 4 stars Sound 4 stars
Fono Forum, 20-7-2015

"Onorthodox series: all duo's by Schubert and Brahms op cello (and piano). More convincing than expected in the arrangements, but not everywhere totally convincing."
NRC Handelsblad, 22-6-2015

"The Brahms-Schubert project is a dedicated plea for the violoncello with its abilities to sing and its tonal versatility. One can be excited for the sequel."
Ich-habe-gehört, 16-6-2015

De prijs-CD is elke dag te horen om 13.15 in Licht op 4.
Radio 4, 07-6-2015

"Music that makes you happy" [...] "Nowadays there are so many things you can do to make yourself happy, and one could say 'try listening to this music in this performance'. And eventhough the music has certain dark undercurrents, one is mentally raise up by this."
Cobra.be, 29-5-2015

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