9 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Carl Philipp Emanuel’s cello concertos are packed with drama, melodic brilliance and boundless invention. The scoring for orchestra is as thrilling as it is for the soloist. Marvel at the final movement of the A minor Concerto and its fidgety solo/orchestra dialogues, each constantly competing for attention, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras displaying breathtaking agility. The A major Concerto’s pining, slow movement suggests Mozart’s greatest slow movements even though it was written before he was born. The G-major Symphony, which separates the two concertos, fizzes with spirit and daring. It’s difficult to imagine all three works here played with greater passion and excitement.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Carl Philipp Emanuel’s cello concertos are packed with drama, melodic brilliance and boundless invention. The scoring for orchestra is as thrilling as it is for the soloist. Marvel at the final movement of the A minor Concerto and its fidgety solo/orchestra dialogues, each constantly competing for attention, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras displaying breathtaking agility. The A major Concerto’s pining, slow movement suggests Mozart’s greatest slow movements even though it was written before he was born. The G-major Symphony, which separates the two concertos, fizzes with spirit and daring. It’s difficult to imagine all three works here played with greater passion and excitement.

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About Jean-Guihen Queyras

Jean-Guihen Queyras is a French cellist who specializes in the solo repertoire. After spending his childhood in Canada and Algeria, Queyras and his family moved to France, where he took up early music lessons. He pursued advanced studies at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg and the Mannes College of Music in New York. He received the 2002 City of Toronto Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in music, which was awarded to him by Pierre Boulez and the Glenn Gould Foundation. He became a regular performer with Ensemble InterContemporain, under Boulez's direction, and from that experience Queyras developed an avid interest in playing avant-garde and contemporary music. Even so, he firmly established a reputation for playing the six unaccompanied Cello Suites of Bach, and he has also regularly performed cello concertos with major orchestras around the world, including the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Queyras is an avid chamber musician, performing with the Arcanto String Quartet, and appearing in recital with flutist Emmanuel Pahud, violinist Isabelle Faust, and pianists Alexander Melnikov and Alexandre Tharaud. Queyras is a professor at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, as well as an artistic director of the Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence, a summer music festival. He plays a 1696 cello by Gioffredo Cappa.

HOMETOWN
Montreal, Canada
BORN
1967

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