Inspired by her love for classic-jazz fusion Christine releases her new album ‘Nikolai Kapustin – Works for Cello’.
This is a programme of works by Nikolai Kapustin as well as Christine’s own classic and jazz arrangements transcribed for cello with vibraphone accompaniment.
“If one wanted to describe the essence of this recording of Nikolai Kapustin’s works for cello, the first words to spring to mind would be groove, swing, wit and charm. There are few CDs that present such an exciting and entertaining mix of classical music and jazz as this new release.
This music combines the style and rhythmic vitality of jazz with classical forms – something that seems to strike a real chord with audiences and musicians who are interested in experiencing new sounds beyond the classical repertoire.
Young cellist Christine Rauh maintained close contact with the composer Nikolai Kapustin throughout the recording process, and she performs here with an outstanding collection of musicians, from both classical and jazz backgrounds.
Nikolai Kapustin’s music is a treasure trove waiting to be explored by all those who love classic-jazz fusion.”
Christine’s musical collaborators are saxophonist Peter Lehel, pianist Benyamin Nuss, vibraphonist Ni Fan and the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern conducted by Nicholas Collon.
Most of the tracks on this release are world premiere recordings.
Duet for Cello and Alto Saxophone op. 99
1. Allegretto (3:21)
2. Grave (4:38)
3. Sonatina: Antimato (3:53)
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 op. 84
4. Allegro non troppo (8:41)
5. Intermezzo. Comodo (6:07)
6. Allegro assai (7:06)
7. Nearly Waltz for Cello and Piano op. 98 (2:49)
8. Elegie for Cello and Piano op. 96 (5:34)
9. Burlesque for Cello and Piano op. 97 (3:30)
From Concert Etudes op. 40
10. Toccatina (arr. for Cello and Vibraphone by Christine Rauh) (2:56)
11. Raillery (arr. for Cello and Vibraphone by Christine Rauh) (2:55)
Concerto for Cello and Strings No. 2 op. 103
12. Allegretto (9:46)
13. Lento (8:20)
14. Allegro (6:14)
Benjamin Nuss | Christine Rauh
15. Hommage à Kapustin for Cello and Piano (2:05)
Total playing time: 78:26
This CD marks the launch recording of cellist Christine Rauh. Together with pianist Johannes Nies she presents a multifaceted selection of works for cello and piano.
Enjoy highlights of Felix Mendelssohn’s maneuverable, zippy and sparkling sonata, a great deal of rhythmic and dynamic variety in East-Asian music by Korean composer Isang Yun, a yet relatively unknown sonata by Max Reger, Ludwig van Beethoven’s sonata with its gentle and tranquil opening, positively breathtaking and explosive music by Russian composer Alfred Schnittke, and two groovy pieces by Nikolai Kapustin for jazz enthusiasts!
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Christine Rauh, Cello & Johannes Nies, Piano
8 tracks – total duration: [53:55]
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 58
 I. Allegro assai vivace [7:22]
 “Espace I” for Cello and Piano (1992) [11:29]
Sonata for Cello and Piano in F minor, Op. 5
 I. Allegro maestoso ma appassionato [9:37]
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 102 No. 1
 I. Andante – Allegro vivace [7:03]
Sonata for Cello and Piano (1978)
 I. Largo [3:10]
 II. Presto [6:26]
 “Elégie” for Cello and Piano, Op. 96 [5:17]
 “Burlesque” for Cello and Piano, Op. 97 [3:26]
Recording: Richard Jakoby Hall Hanover, December 2009
Sound engineer: Ulrich Katzenberger
Piano intonation: Robert Ritscher
Design: anima media
Cover photograph: Sabine Mischke
The education programme “Kleine Ohren” of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern makes unknown music come to life: Christine Rauh plays the cello concerto of Ukrainian composer Nikolai Kapustin. SWR2 music editor Sabine Fallenstein talked to her.
Daft Punk “Get Lucky”
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO – KLASSIK.TV OPERA BOX WITH CHRISTINE RAUH
Christine Rauh moderates the entertaining klassik.tv show ‘Opera Box’ where she presents Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro”.
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