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Brahms & Berg : Violin Concertos

Renaud Capuçon, Wiener Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding – 2012

“I’ve long dreamed of playing with the Wiener Philharmoniker,” said violinist Renaud Capuçon in 2011, and his dream has come true with this recording of two concerto masterpieces of the Austro-German repertoire: the Brahms and the Berg, composed almost 50 years apart. The conductor is Daniel Harding, who has built a close relationship the legendary Viennese orchestra.



Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77
en ré majeur . D-Dur
01 / Allegro non troppo 22:23
cadenza: Fritz Kreisler
02 / Adagio 9:34
03 / Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace 7:54

Alban Berg (1885-1935)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra “To the memory of an angel”
“À la mémoire d’un ange” . “Dem Andenken eines Engels”
04 / Andante • Allegretto 11:22
05 / Allegro • Adagio 16:01


Renaud Capuçon, the leading French violinist of his generation, joins the British conductor Daniel Harding and the august Wiener Philharmoniker for two landmark concertos of the Austro-German repertoire. The expansive Brahms concerto, first performed in 1878 by Joseph Joachim, is a peak of the composer’s glowingly warm Romanticism, while the Berg concerto – written in 1935, the last year of Berg’s life, and dedicated to the memory of Manon Gropius, who had died aged just 19 – poignantly blends the atonality of the Second Viennese School with subtle lyricism and, in its second movement, a haunting Bach chorale.

The contrast between the two works echoes the programme of Capuçon’s 2009 Virgin Classics release of the Beethoven and Korngold concertos, described by BBC Music as “a beautiful and appropriate pairing” and “perfect choices for Capuçon’s elegantly understated delivery”. In 2011, after a US performance of the Korngold –composed 10 years after the Berg and a more extrovert offshoot of the Austro-German tradition – the Chicago Tribune praised Capuçon’s “panache, sensitivity and sizzling

“I’ve long dreamed of playing with the Wiener Philharmoniker,” said violinist Renaud Capuçon in 2011, and his dream has come true with this recording of two concerto masterpieces of the Austro-German repertoire: the Brahms and the Berg, composed almost 50 years apart. The conductor is Daniel Harding, who has built a close relationship the legendary Viennese orchestra.

virtuosity” and “the rich, penetrating sound he drew from his instrument, a 1737 Guarneri del Gesù once belonging to Isaac Stern”.
“I’ve long dreamed of playing with the Wiener Philharmoniker, which is of course one of the world’s most extraordinary orchestras,” said Capuçon in an interview in October 2011. “I’m going to record with them in December, so that will be a dream come true!” This release is the fruit of those recording sessions. Harding made his debut with the legendary Viennese orchestra in 2004, when he was not yet 30, and has since built up a close relationship with its players. Describing the conductor’s approach to Brahms, The Guardian has written that: “Harding is immaculate in his ability to negotiate the complex relationship between feeling and form.”

Capuçon, meanwhile, has pronounced Brahms one of his favourite composers, “for his serenity and the sense of resurrection that he conveys”. His Virgin Classics recording of Brahms chamber works, with his cellist brother Gautier and the pianist Nicholas Angelich was described by Gramophone as “sure to kindle anyone’s enthusiasm for Brahms. Warm, beautifully balanced tone stresses the composer’s romantic side, as does the expansive phrasing. There’s a feeling of spontaneity, too, as though each player is discovering new aspects to the music while recording it.”

Discography

Bach Sonatas

Renaud Capuçon, David Fray

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Cinema

Nolwenn Leroy, Stéphane Denève, Brussels Philharmonic

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Renaud Capuçon, Bertrand Chamayou, Gérard Caussé, Emmanuel Pahud, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Edgar Moreau - 2017

Debussy: Sonates & Trio

Renaud Capuçon, Bertrand Chamayou, Gérard Caussé, Emmanuel Pahud, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Edgar Moreau – 2017

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Wiener Symphoniker, Orchstre de l'Opéra National de Paris, Philippe Jordan, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Myung-Whun Chung - 2016

Rihm: Gedicht des Malers, Dusapin: Aufgang, Mantovani: Jeux d’Eau

Wiener Symphoniker, Orchstre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Philippe Jordan, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Myung-Whun Chung – 2016

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Lalo, Bruch, Sarasate, Paavo Järvi, Orchestre de Paris - 2016

Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Bruch: Violin Concerto

Lalo, Bruch, Sarasate, Paavo Järvi, Orchestre de Paris – 2016

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Renaud Capuçon, violin & direction Chamber Orchestra of Europe Céline Frisch, continuo (Bach) - 2014

Distant Lights – Vasks; Bach: Violin Concertos BWV 1041 & 1042

Renaud Capuçon, violin & direction Chamber Orchestra of Europe Céline Frisch, continuo (Bach) – 2014

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La muse et le poète – Concertos

Renaud Capuçon , Camille Saint-Saëns, Lionel Bringuier, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Gautier Capuçon – 2013

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Renaud Capuçon, Wiener Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding - 2012

Brahms & Berg : Violin Concertos

Renaud Capuçon, Wiener Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding – 2012

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Fauré : Complete chamber music for strings

Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Nicholas Angelich, Quatuor Ébène – 2011

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Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley - 2010

Beethoven : Complete Sonatas for violin and piano

Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley – 2010

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Renaud Capuçon, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - 2009

Beethoven & Korngold : Violin Concertos

Renaud Capuçon, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin – 2009

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Renaud Capuçon, Louis Langrée, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Antoine Tamestit - 2009

Mozart : Violin Concertos 1 & 3, Sinfonia Concertante

Renaud Capuçon, Louis Langrée, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Antoine Tamestit – 2009

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Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Nicholas Angelich - 2008

Brahms : Piano Quartets

Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Nicholas Angelich – 2008

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Renaud Capuçon, Mstislav Rostropovich, Various Artists - 2008

Dutilleux : Concertos • Orchestral Works

Renaud Capuçon, Mstislav Rostropovich, Various Artists – 2008

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Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Myung-Whun Chung, Paul Meyer - 2007

Brahms : Double Concerto & Clarinet Quintet

Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Myung-Whun Chung, Paul Meyer – 2007

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Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Frank Braley - 2007

Schubert : Piano Trios

Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Frank Braley – 2007

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Composer: Various Other participants: Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Ducros - Piano

CAPRICCIO

Composer: Various Other participants: Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Ducros – Piano – 2007

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Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon - 2006

INVENTIONS

Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon – 2006

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Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich - 2005

BRAHMS : VIOLIN SONATAS

Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich – 2005

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Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Gérard Caussé - 2004

SCHUBERT : TROUT QUINTET

Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Gérard Caussé – 2004

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LE CARNAVAL DES ANIMAUX

Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Emmanuel Pahud, Frank Braley – 2004

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MENDELSSOHN & SCHUMANN : VIOLIN CONCERTOS

Renaud Capuçon, Daniel Harding, Mahler Chamber Orchestra – 2004

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Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Mischa Maisky, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky - 2004

BEETHOVEN : TRIPLE CONCERTO & SCHUMANN : PIANO CONCERTO

Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Mischa Maisky, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky – 2004

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Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich - 2004

BRAHMS : PIANO TRIOS

Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich – 2004

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DUOS

Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon – 2003

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DUTILLEUX : CELLO & VIOLIN CONCERTOS

Truls Mørk, Renaud Capuçon, Myung-Whun Chung, French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra – 2002

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Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Frank Braley - 2002

RAVEL : CHAMBER MUSIC

Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Frank Braley – 2002

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LE BOEUF SUR LE TOIT

LE BOEUF SUR LE TOIT

Renaud Capuçon, Daniel Harding, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen – 2001

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