A Tale of Two Cellos
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From Monteverdi's haunting "Interrotte Speranze" to the soothing "Estonian Lullaby" by Arvo Part, Julian Lloyd Webber and his wife Jiaxin take us onto a fantastic journey through more than 500 years of gorgeous music, including Purcell, Schumann, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, just to mention a few.
I love the Piazzolla and Hahn's pieces (they alone are worth the price of the CD!).
The Ave Maria by Saint-Saens was a very nice change to the more often played Ave Maria by Bach, Gounod, Caccini and Schubert, very nice indeed.
Moon Silver, by Julian Lloyd webber's father Willian Lloyd Webber, also deserves a mention. I heard Julian play live in concert "In the Half Light", also by his father, and I am starting to really like his works.
What impressed me about this CD is that the music flows, Julian and his wife Jiaxin make the playing appear so effortless and totally natural, just like the photo on the cover.
Lovely to see BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 Laura van der Heijden appear in the Holst piece, well done, a great achievement for such a young cellist! Thumbs up for all the other supportive artists too, Catrin Finch, Guy Johnston and John Lenehan.
Highly recommended, ordering a spare copy for the car now while it stays at this price! :)
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I totally love this CD. Rich, mellow, warm, three words out of many that could be used to describe this beautiful music.Published 9 months ago by AJ
Excellent cellists- love the pieces they put on the album.Published 16 months ago by Elizabeth Xiques
Absolutely beautiful. Peaceful, calming music with very, very talented musicians.Published 19 months ago by Birdbrainy