Wherever internationally acclaimed cellist Sol Gabetta plays, she impresses with her captivating interpretations, her passionate, full-bodied play and her charismatic, conquering personality. Her great versatility of style and repertoire distinguishes her and she can grip an audience through her music. Her performances amaze whether in concert with great symphony orchestras, baroque ensembles or in recitals with chamber musicians.
On this new, live album, Sol Gabetta plays with the Munich Philharmonic under the baton of Lorin Maazel. No stranger to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, it was with the Russian composer’s Concerto No. 2 that she had her international breakthrough with the Vienna Philharmonic, winning the renownedRead more Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. Rounding out the album is the only cello sonata from Sergei Rachmaninov, on which she is joined by Rachmaninov piano specialist, Olga Kern. Read less
Worth a listenApril 19, 2013By Lewis George (Keysborough, Victoria)See All My Reviews"This was the first time I had heard Sol Gabetta, although I had seen a number of press releases , so I looked forward to hearing this with great anticipation. Although the Shostakovich had a somewhat gruff start from Gabetta, and the initial tempo of the first movement was slower than I expected, it soon gathered pace. For the remainder of the concerto excitement reigned. The ensemble was excellent between Gabetta and Maazel and the Munich Philharmonic, and the horn solo in the first movement was outstanding. It did not replace my affection for the Rostropovitch recording with Ormandy, but then that performance will always be of more than just musical interest. Gabetta's is from a concert but the audience is commendably quiet. The Rachmaninov was as fine an interpretation as I have heard. Gabetta's tone can be heard in all its opulent glory, and Kern proves a first rate partner. My reference recording of this is the old Zara Nelsova with Arthur Balsam, but this new one I would have to say is superior in all respects. Kern plays a Yamaha CFX the tone of which is an ample match for Gabetta's. The recording is in stereo. I would have preferred SACD, but the sound is still pretty good. Recommended. Both artists are worth following."Report Abuse