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The Complete Duos / Rondo
Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms

Pieter Wispelwey | Paolo Giacometti

The Complete Duos / Rondo

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Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917721522
Catnr: EPRC 0028
Release date: 09 March 2018
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Evil Penguin
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0608917721522
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EPRC 0028
Release date
09 March 2018

"... excellent recording with iconic pieces."

Mania, 07-6-2019
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About the album

On this fourth instalment of their Schubert-Brahms pilgrimage, Pieter Wispelwey and Paolo Giacometti explore conflicting faces of Romanticism. The haunted virtuosity and unsettling intensity of Schubert’s Rondo (D.895) is juxtaposed with the irresistible lyricism of Brahms’ Violin/Cello sonata Opus 78, and the profound sensuousness of his Opus 120/1 Clarinet/Viola sonata. With these “new” guises of familiar repertoire, Pieter and Paolo – dubbed “masters of the Romantic duo” by The Strad – continue to open up ever more promising repertoire directions.

Rondo trailer

In dit vierde en voorlaatste deel van hun Schubert-Brahms pelgrimstocht verkennen cellist Pieter Wispelwey en pianist Paolo Giacometti contrasterende gezichten van de Romantiek. Tijdens hun zoektocht arrangeerden ze eigenhandig stukken die oorspronkelijk niet voor piano en cello geschreven zijn. Het gerenommeerde Engelse muziektijdschrift The Strad betitelt het duo Wispelwey-Giacometti als “meesters van het Romantische duo".

Verontrustende intensiteit tegenover onweerstaanbare lyriek

De spookachtige virtuositeit en verontrustende intensiteit van Schuberts Rondo (D.895) staan tegenover de onweerstaanbare lyriek van Brahms’ sonate voor viool en cello opus 78 - alles in dat werk lijkt te zingen, is lyrisch en ademt inspiratie uit - en de diepe sensualiteit van zijn sonate voor klarinet en altviool opus 120/1. Met deze 'nieuwe' vormen van vertrouwd repertoire gaat het duo door op de ingeslagen weg om steeds weer veelbelovend repertoire te ontdekken en het op hun eigen manier vorm te geven. In 2019 zal het duo de serie met verrassende opnamen van alle duowerken van Schubert en Brahms voltooien.

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”.
Pieter Wispelwey und Paolo Giacometti erforschen in diesem vierten Teil ihrer Schubert-Brahms-Pilgerreise kontrastierende Gesichter der Romantik. Der geisterhaften Virtuosität und beunruhigenden Intensität von Schuberts Rondo (D.895) stehen die unwiderstehliche Lyrik von Brahms' Violin-/Cellosonate Opus 78 und die tiefe Sinnlichkeit seiner Klarinette/Viola-Sonate Opus 120/1 gegenüber. Mit diesen "neuen" Formen des vertrauten Repertoires erschliessen Pieter und Paolo - von ‚The Strad‘ als "Meister des romantischen Duos" bezeichnet - immer vielversprechendere Repertoirerichtungen.

Artist(s)

Pieter Wispelwey (cello)

Pieter Wispelwey is equally at ease on the modern or 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. Pieter Wispelwey enjoys chamber music collaborations and regular duo partners include pianists Cédric Tiberghien and Alasdair Beatson and he appears as a guest artist with a number of string quartets including the Australian String Quartet. 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, Tokyo Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, London Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Danish National Radio...
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Pieter Wispelwey is equally at ease on the modern or 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.
Pieter Wispelwey enjoys chamber music collaborations and regular duo partners include pianists Cédric Tiberghien and Alasdair Beatson and he appears as a guest artist with a number of string quartets including the Australian String Quartet.
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, Tokyo Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, London Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Danish National Radio Symphony and Camerata Salzburg. Conductor collaborations include Ivan Fischer, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jeffrey Tate, Kent Nagano, Sir Neville Marriner, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman 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.
In 2012 Wispelwey celebrated his 50th birthday by embarking on a project showcasing the Bach Cello Suites. He recorded the complete Suites for the third time. A major strand of his recital performances is his performances of the complete suites during the course of one evening, an accomplishment that has attracted major critical acclaim throughout Europe and the US. Pieter Wispelwey plays on a 1760 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini cello and a 1710 Rombouts baroque cello.

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Paolo Giacometti (piano)

Pianist Paolo Giacometti performs all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician, both on period and on modern instruments. He was born in Milan, Italy in 1970, but has been living in the Netherlands from his early childhood. Jan Wijn and Gyorgy Sebök were important sources of inspiration and had a significant influence on his musical education. Paolo Giacometti has won many prizes at both national and international competitions. He has played with renowned orchestras under distinguished conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Kenneth Montgomery, Laurent Petitgirard, Michael Tilkin and Jaap van Zweden. Apart from his activities as a soloist, Paolo Giacometti’s love for chamber music has resulted in a successful co-operation with leading musicians such as Pieter Wispelwey, Gordon Nikolich,...
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Pianist Paolo Giacometti performs all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician, both on period and on modern instruments.

He was born in Milan, Italy in 1970, but has been living in the Netherlands from his early childhood. Jan Wijn and Gyorgy Sebök were important sources of inspiration and had a significant influence on his musical education.

Paolo Giacometti has won many prizes at both national and international competitions. He has played with renowned orchestras under distinguished conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Kenneth Montgomery, Laurent Petitgirard, Michael Tilkin and Jaap van Zweden. Apart from his activities as a soloist, Paolo Giacometti’s love for chamber music has resulted in a successful co-operation with leading musicians such as Pieter Wispelwey, Gordon Nikolich, Alois Brandhofer, Janine Jansen, Bart Schneemann and Viktoria Mullova. Paolo Giacometti is a much sought-after musician at chamber music festivals in Europe, Canada and the United States. He has performed in concert halls all over the world including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall (London), Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Seoul Arts Centre (South Korea).

Giacometti's impressive discography has been widely acclaimed by the international press. His recordings include Rossini’s complete piano works, a remarkable project that started in 1998 and was completed in 2007. In Rossini’s homeland critics say: "... Rossini has finally found his pianist ...". His recording of the Dvorák and Schumann piano concertos have been acclaimed by Gramophone as "... one of the best concerto disks I have heard in a long while ...".


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Composer(s)

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the...
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Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.
It was in the genre of the Lied that Schubert made his most indelible mark. Prior to Schubert's influence, Lieder tended toward a strophic, syllabic treatment of text, evoking the folksong qualities engendered by the stirrings of Romantic nationalism. Schubert expanded the potentialities of the genre like no other composer before.

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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the 'Three Bs' of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.   Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become...
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Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.
Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.
Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers. Within his meticulous structures is embedded, however, a highly romantic nature.

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Press

... excellent recording with iconic pieces.
Mania, 07-6-2019

With the warm and overall beautiful sound of Pieter Wispelwey’s cello and the sensitive piano playing of Paolo Giacometti, the duo delivers exquisite performances of duos for violin or clarinet and piano in versions for violoncello and piano by Brahms and Schubert.
Pizzicato, 23-5-2018

Wispelwey is again amazing master of his instrument, both in the roaring low and in the neck-breaking runs and the heat in the high notes at the end of the test.
Luister, 18-5-2018

The young Belgian label Evil Penguin Records Classic surprises us with a real world premiere with three delightful works which Wispelwey's magnificent cello sparkles where always a violin or clarinet was expected.
Kerk & Leven, 16-5-2018

The sound control and eloquence of Wispelwey is still unsurpassed.
Mania, 06-4-2018

Sublime Brahms by Pieter Wispelwey, Paolo Giacometti and father and daughter Bashmet on two new Evil Penguin and Fondamenta CDs.
Stretto, 10-3-2018

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