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Sol Gabetta

Cantabile means “in a singing manner.” For such a title, there is perhaps no better choice of musical instrument than the cello. The sound of the cello is said to be the closest to the frequency of the human voice (and even the beating of the human heart, some say).

This is Sol Gabetta’s fourth album and it’s a fine collection of opera arias by composers from Spain, France and Russia. The 27-year-old cellist may just be the right person for the album, considering her Russian, French and Argentinian roots.

The 14-track record starts with a coloratura aria from Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet.” While Gabetta’s choices are not restricted to any specific voice - neither male nor female - an aria from Bizet’s “Carmen”, Lenski’s aria from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugen Onegin”, and Faure’s Pavane Op.50 seem to highlight feminine sensitivity.

The end note of this 53-minute album seems to be hope, particularly the delightfully bouncy Figaro’s aria from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.”By Kim Hyung-eun

Sol Gabetta


Label: Sony Music

Genre: Classical
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