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Anne Gastinel & Claire Desert – Chopin (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anne Gastinel & Claire Desert – Chopin (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:01:48 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © naïve

Other than the piano, there were few instruments on which Chopin focused his attention, which makes this album featuring cellist Anne Gastinel something of a rarity. Their united voice – as always, remote from the chorus of the mundane and the media-fixated – is a subtle, inspired cantilena. For here it is all about the singing voice that Chopin declared to be his model, overtly influenced as he was by Italian bel canto opera. Anne Gastinel savours every moment, not only with the sense of refinement she shares with the greatest singers, but with a palpable musical breathing, sensitively illuminated at the piano by Claire Désert, an accompanist in the very noblest tradition.

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Anne Gastinel & Claire Desert – Schubert: Sonate Arpeggione (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Anne Gastinel & Claire Désert – Schubert: Sonate Arpeggione (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:03:03 minutes | 584 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Booklet, Front Cover | © naïve classique

In 2005 Anne Gastinel and Claire Désert recorded this Schubert programme and were rewarded with a RTL d’or and a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.

The magic of this iconoclastic programme (Anne Gastinel transcribed the lieder herself) lies in assimilation rather than imitation. The cello absorbs sonata, sonatina and lieder as though they had all been written for it: in fact it is the cello that has saved the sonata for posterity now that the arpeggione is long forgotten.

Since winning the Rostropovich Competition in 1990, Anne Gastinel, has had scant regard for her “classical” image. Through her close rapport with pianist Claire Désert she has recreated a repertory of songs by a composer that she loves, without the absence of words taking anything away from the capacity to move. “Delicate, fine, natural. Never overstated, never the slightest trace of sentimentality, yet constantly singing, [this performance] is, warm and noble”, wrote Le Nouvel Observateur.

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Anne Gastinel, Nicholas Angelich, Gil Ottensamer, Andreas Ottensamer, Paavo Jarvi, Frankfurt Radio Symphony – Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 & Trio, Op. 11 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Anne Gastinel, Nicholas Angelich, Gil Ottensamer, Andreas Ottensamer, Paavo Järvi, Frankfurt Radio Symphony – Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 & Trio, Op. 11 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 55:03 minutes | 552 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © naïve classique

The Triple Concerto is recorded here in concert, which is sure to guarantee a bit of spontaneity for a work of great symphonic dimensions – 35 minutes long – which owes as much to chamber music as to concert symphonies. There is still the question of whether it’s better to call in an established trio for the triple soloist part: Anne Gastinel, Gil Shaham and Nicholas Angelich didn’t know each other musically beforehand, and they opted, here again, for spontaneity and stepping out of the routine: which pays off brilliantly, as the orchestra is directed by Paavo Järvi, who can tailor the performances so well. His judicious eye is indispensable to this rather dense work, which tends to move in circles in terms of tonalities. The album closes with the Gassenhauer trio for clarinet (with Andreas Ottensamer), cello and piano (with the same soloists as for the Concerto), recorded in studio. The title Gassenhauer was chosen after the fact, in view of the different themes in the third movement, which came from an opera which was a smash hit in Vienna – and the Viennese slang of the day, a “hit” is called a “Gassenhauer”.

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