From the very first bars of Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto you sense that this disc is going to be exhilarating and rewarding. (...) His is a name to watch.
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Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) March 18, 2013
Montreal, Canada - Cello prodigy, Stéphane Tétreault, first made international headlines a year ago as the recipient of Bernard Greenhouse's cello, the 1707 "Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini" Stradivarius, on loan by Jacqueline Desmarais. The release of his debut CD, featuring the works of Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky, was met with critical acclaim in Canada and recently praised in classical music's world-leading Gramophone and The Strad magazines.
"From the very first bars of Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto you sense that this disc is going to be exhilarating and rewarding. The solo playing is astonishingly mature not merely in its technical attributes but also in its warmth, brilliance and subtlety of colour and inflection, so it comes as a shock to realise that Stéphane Tétreault is 19 years old. (...) His is a name to watch." Geoffrey Norris, Gramophone.
Tétreault's recording has also been chosen as this month's editor's choice in the Gramophone Player.
"There is really little to criticise in Stéphane Tétreault's playing - he is technically commanding yet musically stylistic and sensitive. His vibrato and tone are varied, his bowing techniques immaticulate and his awareness of harmony and consequent shading omnipresent. (...) A clearly natural talent that is revealed on this clear and warm recording." Joanne Talbot, The Strad.
In 2012, Tétreault was awarded the Opus Prize for "New Artist of the Year" and was among the Top 25 Artists chosen by Radio-Canada and La Presse newspaper. He has performed with world-renowned conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Paul McCreesh, Kent Nagano and Fabien Gabel, amongst others. This May, Tétreault will share the stage with famed violinist Maxim Vengerov in Beethoven's Triple Concerto.
Stéphane Tétreault is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in music performance at University of Montreal and had been studying, until recently, under the guidance of the late cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky.
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Stéphane Tétreault – Orchestre Symphonique de Québec – Fabien Gabel
Saint-Saëns - Cello Concerto No 1, Op 33. Allegro appassionato, Op 43.
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Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op 33.
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Sources: Gramophone Magazine, The Strad Magazine