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Tchaikovsky, Rococo Variations (also Saint-Saëns, Ginastera), Sol Gabetta, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Ari Rasilainen (February 6, 2007)
Far more interesting listening is found in the tracks that follow the Rococo Variations. Not really the three little Tchaikovsky encore bon-bons, which are mostly in the same pretty vein, but the demanding first cello concerto by Saint-Saëns. This piece is heard less often, and Gabetta negotiates its bravura solo part with passion and flair, occasionally losing some of the refined sound of her tone elsewhere. The best eight minutes by far on this disc are the final track, Alberto Ginastera's Pampeana No. 2 (available online as an .MP3 file, in a version with piano), a sultry and exciting piece one hopes she will play as an encore in Washington. The affinity of Gabetta for the music of her countryman comes across in the sound. Hopefully, a future Sol Gabetta disc will be devoted to Ginastera: he composed two concerti and one sonata for the cello, as well as this charming pampeana (named for the region of Argentina to the south of Gabetta's native Córdoba).
RCA Red Seal (Sony BMG) 82876759512