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'Intuition'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Intuition'

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'Intuition' Anonymous El cant dels ocells Ducros Encore Dvorak Lasst mich allein, Op 82 B157 No 1. Silent Woods, Op 68 No 5 B173 Elgar Salut d'amour, Op 12 Faure Apres un reve, Op 7 No 1 Joplin Original Rags Massenet Thais--Meditation Paganini Variations on One String Piazzolla Le grand tango Popper Elfentanz, Op 39 Rachmaninov Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 Saint-Saens Carnaval des animaux--Le cygne Sollima Violoncelles, vibrez!3 Tchaikovsky Andante cantabile, Op 11 Gautier Capucon vc with (a) Benoit Grenet vc Jerome Ducros pf Paris Chamber Orchestra / Douglas Boyd Erato (F) 9029 58839-5 (82' * DDD)

'Intuition, by Gautier Capucon': it sounds like an aftershave, and it's a curious title for a distinctly counterintuitive collection of encores and miniatures for cello. No one by now expects Capucon to wear his heart too extravagantly on his sleeve. But even so, I don't think I've heard the Meditation from Thais played with such reticence.

That's his approach to most of the slower numbers in this collection: 'restrained', 'fragile' and 'eloquent' are my notes next to his performances of Rachmaninov's Vocalise, Tchaikovsky's Andante cantabile and that old Casals favourite El cant dels ocells. Dvorak's Silent Woods and Faure's 'Apres un reve' perhaps respond most satisfyingly to Capucon's reserve, though here as in several other numbers (the choice appears to have been fairly arbitrary) Capucon has orchestral accompaniment. …

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