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Anne Gastinel - Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto; Works for Cello and Piano (2001)

Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto; Works for Cello and Piano (2001)
Anne Gastinel, cello; Claire Désert, piano; Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège; Louis Langrée, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naive | # V4897 | Time: 00:59:24

A remarkably intimate recording of Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, this performance by Anne Gastinel and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, directed by Louis Langrée, may be a little too forward for the average listener's comfort. Direct Stream Digital engineering places Gastinel front and center – almost in one's living room – and the orchestra is not far behind. Such "living presence" may be an audiophile's delight, but others may find the proximity disconcerting, especially because Gastinel's bowing seems overly resinous up close. However, this is the only complaint worth making about this disc, for Gastinel is wonderfully expressive and the orchestra is extraordinarily balanced and clear in its timbres, no mean achievement in Schumann's problematic, thick orchestration. The remaining performances are less forwardly recorded and sound pleasant and natural, with a fresh spontaneity that feels more like a recital than a studio session.
Anne Gastinel, Claire Desert - French Music For Cello And Piano (2011)

Anne Gastinel, Claire Desert - French Music For Cello And Piano (2011)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 226 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naive | Catalog Number: 5259

This is the 15th recording on Naïve by one of the label’s best selling artists, the renowned French cellist Anne Gastinel. On this new CD she is accompanied by her regular piano musical partner Claire Désert in three essential works of the French chamber repertoire, César Franck’s much loved Sonata in A major in the popular transcription for cello and piano, and Sonatas by Debussy and Poulenc.