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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313325177
  • Catalog Number: 8573251
  • Sales rank: 17,756

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ave Maria, motet for chorus, Op. 145 - Camille Saint-Saëns & John Lenehan (3:02)
  2. 2 Chiquilín de Bachin, tango song - Astor Piazzolla & John Lenehan (3:55)
  3. 3 Interrotte speranze, madrigal for 2 voices (from Book 7), SV 132 - Claudio Monteverdi & John Lenehan (4:39)
  4. 4 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Prelude - Dmitry Shostakovich & John Lenehan (3:23)
  5. 5 Choral Hymns (4 groups) from the Rig Veda, for chorus & orchestra, Op. 26, H. 97-100: Hymn to the Dawn - Gustav Holst & Julian Lloyd Webber (3:54)
  6. 6 My Lady Greensleeves... - Roger Quilter & John Lenehan (2:57)
  7. 7 Der Engel ("Es schwebte ein Engel dem Himmel entlang"), song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 48/1 - Anton Rubinstein & John Lenehan (3:15)
  8. 8 The Crown (Venecek), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 69/3 (Op. 38/3) - Antonin Dvorák & John Lenehan (1:49)
  9. 9 Sommerruh ("Sommerruh, wie schön bist du"), for 2 voices & piano, WoO 9 - Robert Schumann & John Lenehan (3:24)
  10. 10 Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: Dolorosa - Giovanni Pergolesi & John Lenehan (3:21)
  11. 11 The Smart (Hore), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 69/4 (Op. 38/4) - Antonin Dvorák & John Lenehan (3:33)
  12. 12 Si mes vers avaient des ailes!, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I") - Reynaldo Hahn & John Lenehan (2:30)
  13. 13 Choruses (6) for female or children's chorus & piano, Op. 15: No. 4. The Waves are Dreaming - Sergey Rachmaninov & John Lenehan (2:54)
  14. 14 Lost is my quiet forever, song, Z. 502 - Henry Purcell & John Lenehan (2:40)
  15. 15 The Modest Maid (Skromná), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 62/3 (Op. 32/3) - Antonin Dvorák & John Lenehan (2:17)
  16. 16 An den Abenstern ("Schweb empor am Himmel"), duet for two female voices & piano (Mädchenlieder), Op. 103/4 - Robert Schumann & John Lenehan (2:31)
  17. 17 Oh! That We Two Were Maying, for voice & piano, Op 2/8 - Ethelbert Nevin & John Lenehan (2:31)
  18. 18 Sweet and Low - Joseph Barnby & John Lenehan (2:31)
  19. 19 Summer Sunset, for sopano, alto & piano - Roger Quilter & John Lenehan (2:20)
  20. 20 Kuus, kuus kallike, Estonian lullaby for 2 voices & ensemble - Arvo Pärt & John Lenehan (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julian Lloyd Webber Primary Artist
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  • Posted November 9, 2013

    Gorgeous music arranged for two cellos! Julian Lloyd Webber is

    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!

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