Renaud Capucon & Martha Argerich - Beethoven/schum

Album cover art for upc 028948635337
Label: DG
Catalog: 4863533
Format: CD

Renaud Capucon (Violine), Martha Argerich (Klavier)

French violinist Renaud Capuçon enjoys international renown as a soloist and chamber musician, is artistic director of several festivals, and is also known for his commitment to promoting and supporting younger artists and for commissioning compositions. Now he signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon and the first album on the yellow label is not long in coming: a duo album with three of the most beautiful sonatas for violin and piano - accompanied by pianist Martha Argerich. The two are now a seasoned duo and have been playing on the stages of international festivals and concert halls for 20 years. The concert heard here was recorded live in April 2022 at the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence. It was dedicated to American pianist Nicholas Angelich, a friend and colleague who had died just days before. The program includes three major works for violin and piano: Schumann's Sonata No. 1, Op. 105, Beethoven's Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 ("Kreutzer"), and Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major "It's a real live recording," Capuçon says, "you rarely get something like this in the studio. Of course, it's an honor for me to play these pieces with Martha, but at the same time it feels natural. She coaxes things out of me like no one else."

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