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Tale of Two Cellos
     

A Tale of Two Cellos

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by Julian Lloyd Webber
 
British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, younger brother of Andrew, has recorded major concerto repertory with the leading conductors and orchestras of the world. He has given the premieres of several dozen contemporary works, and he has recorded a number of recitals of short works, designed to appeal to a broad audience. It's the rare cellist who

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British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, younger brother of Andrew, has recorded major concerto repertory with the leading conductors and orchestras of the world. He has given the premieres of several dozen contemporary works, and he has recorded a number of recitals of short works, designed to appeal to a broad audience. It's the rare cellist who can pull all of these things off, and this Naxos release gives an idea of why this performer is so well loved on his home turf. The presence of his wife, cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, is certainly part of the charm; the pair have undeniable rapport. Beyond that is the program, which resembles the crowd-pleasers of old. Drawing mostly on dual-voice repertory and doing all the arrangements except one himself, Lloyd Webber creates a pleasing selection of works that are brought together by their duo-harmony aspect while not losing their stylistic origins. The single piece not arranged by Lloyd Webber, Astor Piazzolla's tango song "Chiquilín de Bachín" (here translated as The Little Beggar Boy), is an inspired choice, and in general the selections, ranging from Monteverdi to Arvo Pärt (in unusually tonal mode) to Lloyd Webber himself in full pop splendor, are a very pretty lot: a few of them you'll have shadowy recollections of, but not a one is hackneyed, and the whole is instantly grasped. Just a lovely choice for lyrical listening.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2013
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313325177
catalogNumber:
8573251
Rank:
111147

Tracks

  1. Ave Maria, motet for chorus, Op. 145
  2. Kuus, kuus kallike, Estonian lullaby for 2 voices & ensemble
  3. Summer Sunset, for sopano, alto & piano
  4. Sweet and Low
  5. Oh! That We Two Were Maying, for voice & piano, Op 2/8
  6. An den Abenstern ("Schweb empor am Himmel"), duet for two female voices & piano (Mädchenlieder), Op. 103/4
  7. The Modest Maid (Skromná), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 62/3 (Op. 32/3)
  8. Lost is my quiet forever, song, Z. 502
  9. Choruses (6) for female or children's chorus & piano, Op. 15: No. 4. The Waves are Dreaming
  10. Si mes vers avaient des ailes!, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  11. The Smart (Hore), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 69/4 (Op. 38/4)
  12. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: Dolorosa
  13. Sommerruh ("Sommerruh, wie schön bist du"), for 2 voices & piano, WoO 9
  14. The Crown (Venecek), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 69/3 (Op. 38/3)
  15. Der Engel ("Es schwebte ein Engel dem Himmel entlang"), song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 48/1
  16. My Lady Greensleeves...
  17. Choral Hymns (4 groups) from the Rig Veda, for chorus & orchestra, Op. 26, H. 97-100: Hymn to the Dawn
  18. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Prelude
  19. Interrotte speranze, madrigal for 2 voices (from Book 7), SV 132
  20. Chiquilín de Bachin, tango song

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A Tale of Two Cellos 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KlingonOpera More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous music arranged for two cellos! Julian Lloyd Webber is a wonderful cellist, and this recording is candy for the cello lover’s ears. The brief section of the liner notes written by Mr. Webber refer to his previous Naxos recording of works by Delius and various Irish composers, and he reflects that he and his wife (cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber) really enjoyed making quality music together. However, the quantity of appealing music for two cellos was very slim, so the idea to arrange other works for two cellos was born and this recording is the result. The disc features works originally written by Purcell, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Saint-Seans, Dvorak, Piazzola, Monteverdi, Shostakovich, Holst, Pergolesi, Rubenstein, Nevin, Barnby, Quilter, Arvo Part, and others. Each of these works is sweetly performed Mr. Webber, and his very talented friends (John Lenehan – piano, Guy Johnston and Laura van der Heijden – cello, and Catrin Finch – harp), and his wife. Particularly enjoyable are Piazzolla’s “The Little Beggar Boy”, Monteverdi’s “Interrotte speranze”, Rubenstein’s “The Angel”, and Dvorak’s “Autumn Lament”, but I find no fault with any of the works on this recording. They are all wonderful pieces in their original form, and the arrangements here are just simply beautiful. This is perfect music for a rainy day or a quiet afternoon. I very much enjoyed listening to this recording. Delightfully recommended!