Fortas: Renaud and Gautier Capucon with Frank Braley and Paul Meyer

Thursday, February 26, 2004, 7:30 PM

Four leading French musicians play an all-French program featuring chamber works by Debussy and Messiaen.



Run Time:

Approx 2 hours

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Renaud Capuçon, who plays a 1721 Stradivarius that belonged to Fritz Kreisler, is a rising star in the violin firmament. Still in his twenties, he has already performed with most of Europe’s major orchestras, traveled to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, in major halls in Japan, and recorded several works for Virgin Classics. His brother, 22-year-old André Navarre Cello Competition-winning cellist Gauthier Capuçon, who plays a 1701 Matteo Goffriller, was named France’s 2001 “New Talent of the Year” by Victories de la Musique.  Pianist Frank Braley—whom Le Mond de la Musique calls “a rare combination of intelligence and poetry,” is the Capuçon’s regular duo and trio partner. The fabulous clarinetist Paul Meyer, described as "a soloist of impeccable taste and flawless technique” by music scholar and writer H.C. Robbins Landon, is hailed as France’s premiere solo clarinetist. These musicians, all native Frenchmen, will conclude this all-French program with their interpretation of Messiaen’s legendary Quartet for the End of Time.

Program and Notes

Claude Debussy
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
Claude Debussy
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
Claude Debussy
Première Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano
Olivier Messiaen
Quatuor pour la fin du temps


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