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Gautier Capuçon and Renaud Capuçon, Face à Face, duos for violin and cello (released on July 8, 2003)
At the literal center of this disc is a striking new work by Eric Tanguy (b. Caen, 1968), who is sometimes cited as the most compelling young French composer of our day. The Sonata for Violin and Cello was composed for the Capuçons in 2002, premiered by them in that year, and then given its first recording here. The first movement (Animé) launches like a wildcat from the opening explosion of fierce pizzicati and never looks back. As technically impressive as both Capuçons are, their strength is lyrical playing, and this exquisite slow movement (Dolce) is a melancholy two-voiced elegy. Eric Tanguy is working on two operas, Chronos (slated for a premiere at the Théâtre de Caen in 2002, which apparently never happened) and Le libertin foudroyé (composed for radio at the request of Radio France). He collaborates with librettist Michel Onfray. I'll be looking for more information about Tanguy's operas.
The Capuçon brothers will come back to the Kennedy Center this season, after a chamber performance there in 2004. On February 15 to 17, they will perform Brahms's concerto for violin and cello with the National Symphony, on a program with Harmonielehre by John Adams, in honor of that composer's 60th birthday.
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