Schubert & Brahms: Complete Duos, Vol. 2 – Trockne Blumen / Wispelwey, Giacometti

Release Date: 2/5/2016
Label: Evil Penguin
Catalog Number: EPRC0021
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Following up on the acclaimed debut to their Duo Pilgrimage, cello virtuoso Pieter Wispelwey and his piano pal Paolo Giacometti continue their exploration of the complete duos by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms.

On the second installment of this 6 CD journey, they investigate the dark color of the E minor key which pervades two milestones of the chamber genre. Brahms’ enigmatically somber Sonata for Piano and Violoncello op. 38 was the first major work for this combination since Beethoven’s iconic contributions half a century earlier. And in his Trockne Blumen variations, Schubert accomplishes a stunning instrumental dissection of a young miller’s hope grown cold after his rejection by “die Schöne Müllerin”; originally intended for piano and flute, the version on this disc is the world premiere recording with a violoncello instead of a flute. Slightly brighter – though not a lot in A minor – is the unusually crafty and unpredictable Sonatina D. 385 Schubert wrote at the age of 19.

Wispelwey and Giacometti have been called “exceptionally imaginative and impassioned performers” (American Record Guide), and their collaboration has spawned recordings rated as “fascinating, provocative, almost perverse” (Sunday Times). The first installment of the Duo Pilgrimage was hailed a “successful launch” (Kulturradio) on account of the “unspoken complicity between two virtuosi (...) who accomplish a sparkling, playful, cantabile account” (
Works on This Recording
1. Introduction and Variations for Flute and Piano in E minor, D 802/Op. 160 "Trockne Blumen" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Paolo [Piano] Giacometti (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Paolo [Piano] Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1865 ; Austria
3. Sonatina for Violin and Piano in A minor, D 385/Op. 137 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Paolo [Piano] Giacometti (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1816 ; Vienna, Austria
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