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Wydawnictwo: Antarctica
Nr katalogowy: AR 028
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: wrzesień 2021
EAN: 608917732825
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Epoka muzyczna: 20 wiek do 1960, współczesna, romantyzm
Obszar (język): rosyjski, francuski, czeski
Instrumenty: fortepian, wiolonczela
Rodzaj: sonata, pieśń

Connesson / Rachmaninow / Janacek: Tales

Antarctica - AR 028
Ensemble Asterope:
Damien Bousy, piano
Emmanuel Tondus, cello
Guillaume Connesson:
Les chants de l'Agartha

Sergei Rachmaninov:
Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Op. 19

Leos Janacek:
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Leoš Janácek and Guillaume Connesson are three remarkable composers, seemingly very different. Nevertheless, in their compositions for cello and piano, they all wrote eloquent and articulate pieces that manage to do one and the same thing. They tell distinctive yet expressive stories which, almost immediately, bewilder us and trigger our imagination.

Even though Rachmaninoff’s piece is sizable, we should note that Janácek’s Pohádka is based on an epic Russian poem and that Connesson’s “Les Chants de l’Agartha” in turn drew inspiration from mythological tales. It’s quite amusing to realise that all three pieces end with a sort of “dance for a king”, whether it be a Tsar, a King of the World or a forceful pianist and his cantillate cello friend.

There are quite a few triangular relations between the pieces but overall, what strikes us is that both Connesson’s and Janácek’s works portray specific “scenes” rather than telling an overarching story. It is swift storytelling in a fun but flowing way.

Even Rachmaninoff’s four more elaborate movements are little gems on their own. It’s little surprise that the sonata’s third movement is often performed separately or as an encore.

From a musical perspective the piano in all three pieces is not merely an accompaniment or a supporting guide but a true brother in arms (or partner in crime, as you please).

The role of the pianist is very much equal to that of the cellist. At many important turning points it sets the right mood, the precise ambiance, and frequently introduces a musical theme. This last aspect is especially noticeable in the Rachmaninoff sonata.

Emmanuel and Damien act as two narrators performing chamber music with a great deal of affection. At the end of the day such outstanding music requires a duo of equals searching for balance between the corresponding lines, to create a sincere interpretation. Over the course of this delightful recording, they succeeded in doing so.

This CD could be enjoyed as a gathering of imaginative tales, told with great devotion.

Recording: Arsonic, Mons, Belgium, May 26, 27 and 28 2020. Instruments: Piano - Steinway & Sons, D 608264; Cello - Alexandre Breton, 2007 (copy of Carlo Ruger detto il Per Cremona 1707); Bow - Victor Bernard, 2019.

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