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Debussy, Poulenc, Franck: Works for Cello / Muller-Schott

Release Date: 09/03/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 75201   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claude DebussyFrancis PoulencCésar FranckMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Robert KulekDaniel Müller-Schott
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Well-characterised performances from a young and intelligent chamber duo.

Daniel Miiller-Schott and Robert Kulek make is formidable duo partnership; in addition to an impressive level of accomplishment and technical polish, both players combine to project a distinctive, individual view of the music. They delight in bringing forward the fantastical, grotesque elements in Debussy's Sonata yet identify just as persuasively with the sensuous, dreamy passages, and with the short-lived rush of high spirits in the finale. The wistful melancholy in the first movement (see my review of the Vassilieva/Ijrabe disc below) eludes them to some extent, as does the pathos that Paul Tortelier managed to find in the second movement's
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The Poulenc is really stylish and witty, the central section of the slow movement ardently expressive. This wholehearted, immensely spirited approach failed to shake my conviction that this is second-hand music, but it's perfectly suited to bringing out the powerful emotional appeal of the Franck. Kulek's light touch and sparkling finger-work allow the second movement to sound truly passionate - despite the plethora of notes there's no hint of heaviness. The peals of bells at the end of the finale are almost too brisk (Franck marks each crotchet with an accent) but there's no doubting that this is a deeply-felt, well-judged account; the more reflective music lust as convincing as the big Romantic climaxes. Throughout, one has the impression of very positive, intelligent music making, and the recorded sound is excellent - full, clear, and very realistic.

-- Duncan Druce, Gramophone [9/2002]
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Robert Kulek (Piano), Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Sonata for Cello and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello), Robert Kulek (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; France 
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Robert Kulek (Piano), Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Notes: Arranged: Jules Delsart 
Pičce en forme de Habańera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello), Robert Kulek (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Intermezzo for Cello and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello), Robert Kulek (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; France 

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