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Capriccio - Mendelssohn, Schubert, Debussy, Etc / Renaud Capucon, Jerome Ducros


Release Date: 05/13/2008 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 3740872   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnFranz Schubert (Dresden)Franz SchubertSir Edward Elgar,   ... 
Performer:  Jerome DucrosRenaud Capuçon
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CAPRICCIO Renaud Capuçon (vn); Jérôme Ducros (pn) VIRGIN 74087 (73:38)


MENDELSSOHN On Wings of Song. SCHUBERT of Dresden (arr. Wilhelmj) The Bee. SCHUBERT (arr. Capuçon) Ave Maria. ELGAR La capricieuse. Read more DVO?ÁK Humoreske (arr. Heifetz). Slavonic Dance No. 1 (arr. Kreisler) SUK Un poco triste. DINICU (arr. Heifetz) Hora staccato. SZYMANOWSKI (arr. Kochanski) King Roger: Roxana’s Song. DEBUSSY (arr. Roelens) Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune. STRAVINSKY (arr. Dushkin) Russian Song. PROKOFIEV (arr. Heifetz) Romeo and Juliet: Masks. TCHAIKOVSKY Valse sentimentale, op. 51/6. GLUCK (arr. Kreisler) Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits. KORNGOLD Much Ado about Nothing: Garden Scene. R. STRAUSS (arr. P?íhoda) Der Rosenkavalier: Waltz. An einsamer Quelle, op. 9/2. POLDINI (arr. Kreisler) Poupée valsante. KREISLER Liebesleid. SCHUMANN Frauenliebe und Leben: Er, der Herrlichste von allem; Du Ring am meinem Finger


The notes to Renaud Capuçon and Jérôme Ducros’s recital of miniatures focus on the emergence of this pair of French musicians a decade ago and the affinity they display with this repertoire. And affinity there surely seems to be. The arrangers of these pieces, Wilhelmj, Heifetz, Kreisler, Dushkin, and P?íhoda themselves championed works of this kind and surely knew how to put them across. It’s gratifying to add Capuçon to the list. On Wings of Song , like Schubert’s Ave Maria , may be a Heifetz specialty, but Capuçon and Ducros strongly personalize them, with the violinist even providing his own arrangement of the latter. So, like La capricieuse , they display a range of persuasive dynamics and a willingness to employ a subtle palette of expressive portamentos and nuanced changes in tempo harking back to another era to make their various rhetorical points. Dynamic range seems to be one of the keys to their success: the middle section of Humoreske and the lurches of Prokofiev’s “Masks” rise to an intensity to which few listeners may be accustomed, especially in an era of somewhat dutiful performances of such pieces. If a majority of them suggest triste rather than capriccio , and evoke polite rather than rowdy gatherings, the exceptions, like Dinicu’s Hora staccato , provide thumping good entertainment of a more visceral kind. In fact, while Heifetz’s performance may dazzle listeners with down-bow flying staccato of a brilliance never before (and never since) encountered, Capuçon’s communicates hotter gypsy passion, while remaining exciting on a purely instrumental level. Still, the pervasive melancholy (for example, Capuçon has included Kreisler’s Liebesleid rather than his Liebesfreud or even Caprice viennois )—exhibiting a narrower range than do similar collections by others, like Francescatti, Milstein, Heifetz, or Oistrakh, to name a few who compiled effective collections—may nudge it, despite the devotion of both performers to the kind of pieces they’ve chosen (including a few less familiar ones, like Strauss’s “Einsamer Quelle” and the two Schumann songs), into a category that overlaps what some call “crossover.” And insofar as that nudge increases its appeal for some audiences, it’s sure to decrease it for others. Still, for those who like this kind of thing, this is the kind of thing they’ll like. Strongly recommended to them, but nearly as strongly recommended to others as well.


Incidentally, Capuçon plays the recital on a 1737 Guarneri del Gesù that the notes identify as having belonged to Isaac Stern for half a century. It’s to Capuçon’s credit that in his hands the instrument doesn’t speak with the voice of its former owner; it sounds sinuous rather than straightforward. And it’s been captured, together with Ducros’s brighter piano part, in clear recorded sound with a dynamic range more than sufficient to Capuçon’s own expressive devices. These bonuses intensify each of the above recommendations.


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Works on This Recording

1. Songs (6), Op. 34: no 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2. Bagatelles, Op. 13: no 9, L'Abeille by Franz Schubert (Dresden)
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Jerome Ducros (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4. La capricieuse, Op. 17 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5. Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187: no 1 in E flat minor by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6. Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 17: no 3, Un poco triste by Josef Suk
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Jerome Ducros (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7. Slavonic Dances (3) for Violin and Piano: no 1 in G minor by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
8. Hora staccato by Grigoras Dinicu
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Romania 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
9. King Roger, Op. 46: Roxana's Song by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1924; Poland 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10. Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
11. Chanson russe for Violin and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
12. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
13. Much Ado about Nothing, Op. 11: Garden Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
14. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Waltz(es) by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
15. Stimmungsbilder for Piano, Op. 9: no 2, An einsamer Quelle by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1884; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
16. Marionettes (7): no 2, Poupée valsante by Eduard Poldini
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
17. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
18. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 2, Er, der Herrlichste von allen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jerome Ducros (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
19. Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 4, Du Ring an meinem Finger by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Jerome Ducros (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
20. Pieces (10) for Piano from "Romeo and Juliet", Op. 75: no 5, Masks by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Jerome Ducros (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
21. Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Jerome Ducros (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Sound Samples

6 Lieder Op. 34: Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (Heine)
L'abeille/tr.Wilhelm
Ave Maria, 'Ellens Gesang III' D839
La Capricieuse Op. 17
Humoreske in B flat major, Op.107 No.7
Pièce Op.17 No.3
Slavonic Dance No.1 in G minor Op.46
Hora Staccato
King Roger Op. 46: Roxana's Song (arr Paul Kochanski)
Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune
Russian Song
Roméo & Juliet: Masques
Valse sentimentale in F minor
J'ai perdu mon Eurydice
Much ado about nothing - Suite, Op.11: Gartenszene
Der Rosenklavier: Waltz
Stimmungsbilder Op. 9: An einsamer Quelle
Poupée valsante
Liebesleid
Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42: Er, der Herrlichste von allen
Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42: Du Ring an meinem Finger

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