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Inventions / Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon


Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 32626   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachHanns EislerKarol BeffaBéla Bartók,   ... 
Performer:  Gautier CapuçonRenaud CapuçonAude Capuçon
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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INVENTIONS Renaud Capuçon (vn); Gautier Capuçon (vc); Aude Capuçon (pn) 1 VIRGIN 32626 (72:58)


BACH (arr. Neumann) Inventions: No. 2 in F, BWV 779; No. 13 in a, BWV 784. Suite française No. 2 in c, BWV 813: Aria; Menuet. The Read more Well-Tempered Clavier: Prelude in D, BWV 850. Suites anglais: No. 3 in g, BWV 808: Gavotte ; No. 2 in a, BWV 807: Gigue. EISLER Duo for Violin and Cello, op. 7/1. BEFFA Masques I. Masques II. BARTÓK (arr. Kraeuter) Popular Hungarian Melodies. KLEIN Duo for Violin and Cello. MARTIN?U Duo No. 2 for Violin and Cello. KREISLER Marche miniature viennoise 1


Beginning with the tonal polyphony of Bach, Renaud, Gautier, and Aude Capuçon’s program of duos (and a trio) for violin and cello ranges from Hanns Eisler’s melodious and accessible modernity and Gideon Klein’s sensitive dodecaphony, through the haunting moodiness of Karol Beffa’s Masques , and Bartók’s and Martin?’s suggestive ethnicity, to Kreisler’s Viennese Gemütlichkeit . In the duos arranged by Frederick Neumann from the Two-part Inventions and the French and English Suites, the Capuçons weave articulations so skillfully that they seem to play as important a role as does the counterpoint itself—at least for the purposes of aural comprehension. Eisler’s Duo, in two movements, includes both singing and slashing episodes—all highly ingratiating—and the Capuçons play them with stylistic discrimination; they create from the sparse, repetitive materials of Beffa’s yearning Masques I and II , works dedicated to them, an atmospheric tour de force . The first of Bartók’s Hungarian Melodies , marked Allegro ironico , provides an abrupt contrast, dispelling Beffa’s now hauntingly introspective, now bizarrely eldritch, mood, and both soloists provide an ample measure of harmonic paprika and piquant rhythmic complexity in the succeeding melodies. Although the folk-song arrangements themselves, made by Karl Kraeuter, adapt these works most idiomatically for violin and cello, they embody multifarious temptations to overspice the goulash—temptations that the Capuçons scrupulously avoid. Gideon Klein’s unfinished Duo, written, according to Adélaïde de Place’s notes, in 1939 (he died in a concentration camp in 1941), the product of a student of Vilem Kurz and Alois Hába, remains accessible. Martin?, himself a violinist, created a repertoire of engaging works for strings, and the second Duo, although “classically constructed” according to Adélaïde de Place, offers a world of poignant harmonic subtlety in its second movement (the finale’s marked by jaunty rhythmic verve and strong hints of the composer’s Czech background). Kreisler’s Marche miniature viennoise , in which Aude Capuçon accompanies Renaud and Gautier on the piano, sounds perhaps more like the quintessence of salon music than the quintessence of the Viennese style, but it’s no less effective for that.


While the music that constitutes the program may maintain a very high level throughout, the Capuçons rise to the occasion in every work, placing ample technique, idiomatic and subtle tonal and dynamic command, and sympathetic and disciplined interaction at the service of each musical style represented. For that reason, the recital, recorded with exemplary clarity and warmth in March 2005, should appeal broadly, and could provide a promising introduction to several of the composers for new audiences. It shouldn’t be only collectors who respond immediately and viscerally to these engaging collaborations. Urgently recommended as a recording of special merit.


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Works on This Recording

1. Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Frederick Neumann. 
2. French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813: Aria by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Frederick Neumann. 
3. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 5 in D major, BWV 850 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Frederick Neumann. 
4. French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813: Minuet by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Frederick Neumann. 
5. English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808: Gavotte by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Frederick Neumann. 
6. English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807: Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Frederick Neumann. 
7. Two-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 784 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Frederick Neumann. 
8. Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
9. Masques I by Karol Beffa
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004; France 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 58 Secs. 
10. Hungarian Folk Melodies by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Karl Kraeuter. 
11. Masques II by Karol Beffa
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004; France 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 13 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12. Duo for Violin and Cello by Gideon Klein
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
13. Duo for Violin and Cello no 2, H 371 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
14. Apple Blossoms: Miniature Viennese March by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Aude Capuçon (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Duos for violin and cello (tr. Frederick Neumann): Invention No.8 in F major BWV 779
Duos for violin and cello (tr. Frederick Neumann): Aria: Suite Française No.2 in C minor BWV 813
Duos for violin and cello (tr. Frederick Neumann): Prelude in D major BWV 850 (Well-Tempered Clavier, I, 5)
Duos for violin and cello (tr. Frederick Neumann): Menuet: French Suite No.2 in C minor BWV 813
Duos for violin and cello (tr. Frederick Neumann): Gavotte: English Suite No.3 in G minor BWV 808
Duos for violin and cello (tr. Frederick Neumann): Gigue: English Suite No.2 in A minor BWV 807
Duos for violin and cello (tr. Frederick Neumann): Invention No.13 in A minor BWV 784
Duo pour violon & violoncelle Op. 7 No 1: I Tempo di minuetto
Duo pour violon & violoncelle Op. 7 No 1: II Allegretto vivace
Masques: I (Modéré)
Hungarian folk melodies for violin and cello SZ: I Allegro ironico
Hungarian folk melodies for violin and cello SZ: II Allegretto
Hungarian folk melodies for violin and cello SZ: III Moderato
Hungarian folk melodies for violin and cello SZ: IV Choral: Andante
Hungarian folk melodies for violin and cello SZ: V Allegretto
Hungarian folk melodies for violin and cello SZ: VII Vivace
Masques: II (Rythmiquement et souple)
Duo pour violin & violoncelle (Composed in a concentration camp): I Allegro con fuocoo
Duo pour violin & violoncelle (Composed in a concentration camp): II Lento (inacheve)
Duo pour violon & violoncelle No 2 H.371: I Allegretto
Duo pour violon & violoncelle No 2 H.371: II Adagio
Duo pour violon & violoncelle No 2 H.371: III Poco allegro
Marche miniature viennoise (Tempo di marcia)

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