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For David And Wu Han - Duos By Jalbert, Auerbach, Adolphe, Tsontakis / Finckel, Han

David Finckel, Cello; Wu Han, Piano
Release Date: 10/05/2012 
Label:  Artistled   Catalog #: 11001  
Composer:  Pierre JalbertLera AuerbachBruce AdolpheGeorge Tsontakis
Performer:  Wu HanDavid Finckel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

David Finckel and Wu Han founded the ArtistLed label in 1997. The pieces on this CD have been commissioned for them since the label was founded, and all exploit their technical facility as well as their emotional expressiveness.

Jalbert’s Sonata (2007) develops from a menacing opening, picking up momentum for the scherzo-like second movement, relegating the piano to an accompanying role behind the impassioned, anguished cello part for the third and ending with the frantic Marcato.

Auerbach’s intense Sonata (2002) pits the often desperate humanity of the cello against piano writing which suggests implacable, yet not necessarily malign, forces. The work moves towards a resolution in which both instruments seem
Read more to climb effortlessly into another realm.

The other two pieces here are more intimate, drawing inspiration directly from Finckel and Wu Han’s relationship. Adolphe’s Couple (1998) is predominantly lyrical; Tsontakis’s Mirror Image (2008) pairs two charming yet unsentimental love duos with starker yet approachable movements.

Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Cello and Piano by Pierre Jalbert
Performer:  Wu Han (Piano), David Finckel (Cello)
Written: 2007 
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 69 by Lera Auerbach
Performer:  Wu Han (Piano), David Finckel (Cello)
Written: 2002 
Couple by Bruce Adolphe
Performer:  Wu Han (Piano), David Finckel (Cello)
Written: 1998 
Mirror Image by George Tsontakis
Performer:  Wu Han (Piano), David Finckel (Cello)
Written: 2008 

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