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Gautier Capuçon, Cello
Yuja Wang, Piano

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Gautier Capuçon by Gregory Batardon, Yuja Wang by Norbert Kniat / DG
Franck's and Rachmaninoff’s sonatas move from the pensive to the passionate. Franck’s is a work of great originality, particularly the third-movement Recitativo with its tentative rhythms and shifting tonalities that lead to a triumphant finale. Rachmaninoff’s sonata also culminates with jubilation, but only after brooding clouds are swept away by rapturous melody.

Part of: Russian Nights and Carnegie Classics


Gautier Capuçon, Cello
Yuja Wang, Piano


FRANCK Violin Sonata in A Major (transcr. for cello)

RACHMANINOFF Cello Sonata in G Minor

Yuja Wang: 2018–2019 Perspectives Artist

This concert is generously underwritten by Olivier and Desiree Berggruen.

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Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19 

One of the first works Rachmaninoff composed following a spell of nearly paralyzing depression—cured by hypnosis—was the Cello Sonata. The sonata has its brooding moments, but these dark clouds are swept away, like in the famous Piano Concerto No. 2 of the same period, by waves of rapturous melody. As would be expected from one of the great pianist-composers, the piano writing is daunting, but there is also superb interplay between the two instruments.

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