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Sol Gabetta and Balthazar Soulier, love with lost strings


PORTRAIT - The Franco-Argentinian cellist, who opens the Pablo Casals de Prades Festival this Friday evening, and the French luthier form a complicit and complete duo, in the city as on the stage.

A haven of light and peace, a stone's throw from Montparnasse.

This is where Balthazar Soulier and Sol Gabetta met us on this morning in mid-July.

In two weeks, Sol will open the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades.

An important artistic challenge: she will perform there

Concerto n ° 2

by Saint-Saëns, whose centenary is commemorated.

But also personal.

The musician has been playing for five years on a cello by luthier Matteo Goffriller dating from 1730. However,

“this instrument has a history with Pablo Casals.

It belonged to one of his students and was surely manipulated by him, ”she


And this is not his only connection with Casals.

For a year now, the Habisreutinger Foundation has also lent him one of the most famous Stradivarius in the world: the Bonamy Dobree-Suggia, played for three decades by Guilhermina Suggia… the companion of Pablo Casals during his Parisian years!

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Source: lefigaro

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