Edinburgh International Festival music review: Sol Gabetta/Bertrand Chamayou at Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main
Richly satisfying on many levels, Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta’s recital with Bertrand Chamayou was one which combined an interesting and rewarding choice of music with outstanding artistry, musically and technically, from both players.
A duo with exceptionally close affinity, Gabetta and Chamayou were consistently bound up with each other in Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Chopin. This last name is not one commonly associated with solo cello, but his G minor Sonata is a piece that deserves to be better known. As might be expected, its piano part required the virtuosity ably offered by Chamayou, but it was the cello which sung out the heart-stoppingly beautiful tune in the trio section of its scherzo.
To open the concert, Beethoven’s Variations based on a theme from The Magic Flute, gave a range of opportunity to hear the sonorous warmth of Gabetta’s lyrical tone and watch her astonishing bowing technique at play whether in the agility of flyaway passages or its longer, more languorous lines. Along with scrupulous attention to detail at every turn from both players, there was an impassioned energy from Gabetta that was as free as it was controlled.
Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015
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