Sol Gabetta: Cantabile and Shostakovich

Sol Gabetta's fourth CD, "Cantabile", was released simultaneously with her third in September of 2008. So for this week, we'll take a listen to both of them.

Cellist Sol Gabetta is one of those ambitious young artists who seem to be constantly on the concert stage or in the recording studio. Her fourth CD, titled Cantabile, was released simultaneously with her third in September of 2008.  So for this week, we’ll take a listen to both of them.

On Cantabile, Gabetta’s repertoire trends toward the lighter side, with selections no longer than about five and a half minutes. Gabriel Fauré’s opus 50 Pavanne is there, as are aria transcriptions from several operas, including Carmen and Eugen Onegin.  As a nice little bonus track, Gabetta performs “Figaro’s Ariafrom The Barber of Seville.

Her other release from September ’08 is a near 180 from Cantabile. This recording with the Munich Philharmonic features the work of Dmitri Shostakovich. Conductor Marc Albrecht is at the helm for Shostakovich’s opus 126 Concerto for cello and Orchestra, and pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa (also featured on Cantabile) joins Gabetta for the opus 40 Sonata for Cello and Piano.

Our quick pick this week is recording that I couldn’t get out of my head this last week.  It’s John Eliot Gardiner’s 2001 release with the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi choir performing Handel’s Dixit Dominus, the Vivaldi Gloria and the premiere recording of Handel’s own Gloria with soprano Gillian Keith.

Music Heard On This Episode

Francis Lopez (1916-1995): L'amour est un bouquet de violettes
Sol Gabetta, vlc.; Miheala Ursuleasa, p. — Cantabile (Sony Classics, 2009)
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Francis Lopez (1916-1995): L'amour est un bouquet de violettes
Sol Gabetta, vlc.; Miheala Ursuleasa, p. — Cantabile (Sony Classics, 2009)
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Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924): Pavanne, Op. 50
Sol Gabetta, vlc.; Miheala Ursuleasa, p. — Cantabile (Sony Classics, 2009)
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Gioachino Rossini (1792-1968): Figaro's Aria
Sol Gabetta, vlc.; Miheala Ursuleasa, p. — Cantabile (Sony Classics, 2009)
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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975): Concerto for Violioncello and Orchestra No.2, Op. 126: Allegretto
Sol Gabetta, vlc.; Marc Albrecth/Munich Philharmonic — Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2; Cello Sonata (Sony Classics, 2009)
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Dmitir Shostakovich (1906-1975): Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 40: Allegro
Sol Gabetta, vlc.; Miheala Ursuleasa, p. — Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2; Cello Sonata (Sony Classics, 2009)
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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Dixit Dominus: Dixit Dominus
John Eliot Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists & The Monteverdi Choir — Vivaldi - Gloria · Handel - Gloria · Dixit Dominus (Philips , 2001)
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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Gloria in B flat major: Et in terra pax
Gillian Keith, s.; John Eliot Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists — Vivaldi - Gloria · Handel - Gloria · Dixit Dominus (Philips , 2001)
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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Dixit Dominus: Gloria Patri
John Eliot Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists & The Monteverdi Choir — Vivaldi - Gloria · Handel - Gloria · Dixit Dominus (Philips , 2001)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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