- The Upper West Side, for cello & piano
- Epiphanies (3), for cello & piano
- Night Breeze, etude for cello
- Metallicellissimo, for cello & piano
- Sonata for cello & piano
With so many magnificent works in the standard cello repertoire, and with an abundance of stellar recordings thereof, it is perhaps all too easy to forget that there are new, worthwhile compositions being written for the instrument all the time. Cellist Mathias Wexler and his album Five New Works for Cello serves as an engaging reminder not to be afraid of or intimidated by new works. The program consists of an evocative depiction of Manhattan's Upper West Side, a compositional exercise turned character piece, a jazz-influenced etude that doubles as an enjoyable interlude, a heavy metal guitar portrayal, and finally a more "traditional" "Sonata for Cello and Piano." As always with new works, the quality of performance is paramount if the composition is to achieve any sort of widespread acceptance. Wexler's vast technique is more than capable of delivering on the sometimes immense technical demands of this program with seeming ease. Intonation is spot-on throughout, articulation is clear and precise, and tone is powerful and transparent. Even more importantly, Wexler provides listeners with an entirely satisfying and convincing musical performance. He plays with a wealth of different characters, transporting listeners to sights in Manhattan, a Hendrix concert, or even a jazz club. Take a risk on some new works with this album and you'll likely be quite pleased.