Shadow, Echo, Memory | Sono Luminus SLE70004

Shadow, Echo, Memory


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Label: Sono Luminus

Cat No: SLE70004

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 12th August 2016



Shadow, Echo, Memory is a collection of 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century music arranged and written for cello ensemble. It draws its inspiration from the cello itself ó that is, in the instrumentís mysterious captivating force. Many believe the power of the cello lies in the fact that its range and timbre bring to mind those of the human voice. Indeed, AprŤs un RÍve, Vocalise, Lux Aeterna and Three Lacquer Prints are arrangements of vocal works that showcase the instrumentís dynamic and versatile voice. In Mahlerís Adagietto and Kernisís Ballad, two songs of love that extend beyond the capabilities of the human voice, the cello shows its power to express what is inexpressible. And finally, Thomallaís Intermezzo and van der Slootís Shadow, Echo, Memory both use the cello to transport the listener to an entirely new sound world; one where we come face-to-face with the haunting and disarming voice of a distant past.

All together, this varied group of compositions explores the celloís power to sing, to express textures of light and dark, to bring to life sounds and images from another time, and to aid a listener in revisiting their own history.

ĎA beast of a groupí (WQXR, Q2 Music), the Northwestern University Cello Ensemble is comprised of current and former cello students at Northwestern Universityís Bienen School of Music. The group appeared on The New York Timesís Top 25 Classical Recordings of 2015, and The New Yorkerís Top 10 Classical Recordings of 2015.

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