Jean-Guihen Queyras

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Monday, July 05, 2010

Canadian-born French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras’s recordings for harmonia mundi of Haydn’s concertos, Dvořák’s cello concerto, and works by Debussy and Schubert with pianist Alexandre Tharaud, have been acclaimed by the international press.   His recordings of the complete solo suites of Britten and Bach were awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’Année.

Mr. Queyras’s  extensive repertoire includes classical works as well as contemporary concertos, all written for him, which have been featured in world premieres.  He has performed with noted orchestras worldwide.  Series in which he has participated include Leif Ove Andsnes’s chamber music series at Carnegie Hall, Jean-Guihen and Friends in Utrecht, and Carte Blanche à Jean-Guihen Queyras in Amsterdam and Ghent.  In 2002 Mr. Queyras received the City of Toronto Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in Music from both the Pierre Boulez and the Glenn Gould Foundation.  Recently he was named Instrumental Soloist of the Year at the French Classic Music Awards.  He plays a cello made by Gioffredo Cappa in 1696, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale. This is Jean-Guihen Queyras’s New York recital debut.

French pianist Alexandre Tharaud has given recitals in the leading concert halls of Europe as well as in North and South America and Asia and has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout France and in Tokyo, Warsaw, and Singapore.  As an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, he has had many new works dedicated to him that he has performed and recorded.  Following his first solo recording in 2001 of suites by Rameau, he made recordings of J. S. Bach, Chopin, Couperin, Pecou, Ravel, and Schubert, all on the harmonia mundi label.   The discs have received numerous awards, among them the Diapason d’Or de l’Ánée, Pick of the Month-BBC Music Magazine, Best CD of the Year–de Standaard, and Choc du Monde de la Musique. He performs and records with clarinetist Ronald Van Spaendonck as well as with Mr. Queyras.

Playlist

Sonata No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029 (1720)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Vivace
Adagio
Allegro

Three lieder

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Das Wandern
Die Vögel
Ungeduld

Sonata for arpeggione and piano in A Minor, D. 821 (1824)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Allegro moderato
Adagio
Allegretto

INTERMISSION

La plus que lente (1910)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Sonata No. 1 for cello and piano in D Minor (1915)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Prologue
Sérénade
Finale

Sonata for cello and piano (1948)

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Allegro––Tempo di Marcia
Cavatine
Ballabile
Finale

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