SCHU­BERT: AR­PEG­GIONE SONATA; WE­BERN: 3 LIT­TLE PIECES OP 11; BERG: 4 PIECES OP 5; SCHU­BERT/QUEYRAS/THA­RAUD: 5 SONGS

Jean-Gui­hen Queyras (cello), Alexandre Tha­raud (pi­ano) Har­mo­nia Mundi HMC 901930 ★★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REVIEWS - Michael Der­van

The ar­peg­gione, a cross be­tween gui­tar (in body shape, tun­ing and in hav­ing frets) and a cello (in size and bow­ing tech­nique) is now­days only re­mem­bered be­cause Schu­bert wrote a sonata for it. Other stringed in­stru­ments have long since ap­pro­pri­ated the work, and the French cello and pi­ano duo of Jean-Gui­hen Queyras and Alexandre Tha­raud play it with just the right kind of rangy, loose­limbed lyri­cism. They’ve also found a fas­ci­nat­ing pro­gram­matic set­ting for it: more ar­range­ments of Schu­bert (five songs and a vi­o­lin sonata) and the ut­terly dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal­world of early 20th-cen­tury Vi­enna, We­bern’s epi­gram­matic Lit­tle Pieces, Op 11, and an­other ar­range­ment, of the laden ex­pres­sion­ism of Berg’s Clar­inet Pieces, Op 5. This end­lessly fas­ci­nat­ing, highly imag­i­na­tive disc amounts to much more than the sum of its parts. www.uk.hm­bou­tique.com

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