Yuja Wang and Gautier Capuçon play Shostakovich and Rachmaninov

Verbier Festival 2013

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Gautier Capuçon — Cellist

Yuja Wang — Pianist

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Two acclaimed veterans of the Verbier Festival, Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang, share the stage in celebration of the Festival’s 20th anniversary!

A meeting between the spirited French cellist Gautier Capuçon and the incomparable virtuoso Yuja Wang, stars of the Verbier Festival. Everybody remembers Yuja's astonishing 2008 performance of Flight of the Bumblebee in the Verbier Festival church. For his part, Capuçon’s 2012 lyric and luminous performance of the Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto remains unforgettable. The two musicians of exceptional artistic talent perform works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, and Piazzolla.

In this concert they perform Shostakovich’s only Sonate for Cello and Piano (1934) as well as that of Rachmaninov (1901), a rare chamber music work by the composer. The composer Astor Piazzolla is put in the spotlight as the concert’s closing piece, with his Grand Tango for Cello and Piano, a one-movement work that combines traditional tango with jazz.

Photo: Yuja Wang and Gautier Capuçon © Nicolas Brodard

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