Suites for Solo Cello | Hyperion CDA68155

Suites for Solo Cello


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68155

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th January 2017



Natalie Clein, whose previous recording of the music of Ernest Bloch was described as ‘inspired’ by The Sunday Times, turns to his three Suites for solo cello as part of a recital of works written in the aftermath of the Second World War. The sombre voice of the cello seems especially apposite in music of such deep seriousness, Ligeti’s short Sonata providing an energetic and life-affirming finale.


Ernest Bloch wrote his three solo cello suites in the 1950s, near the end of his life, and they are fleeting and strange. As performed by Natalie Clein, their small scale is poignant – melancholy little vignettes, intimate and tender, as if she’s playing while flitting through troubled memories. ... Clein is full of conviction in all of it, with fearless attack and haunting quiet passages.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 2 February 2017
Clein is every bit as commanding in the formidably difficult Dallapiccola as she is retiring in the Bloch, and her performance of the Adagio theme in the Ligeti is four minutes of pure, concentrated beauty. This lovely disc reveals the cello as a kind of private sketch pad, or journal, capturing big emotions on a small scale, with a poetic concentration in sharp contrast to the larger, more furious musical gestures of the post-war moment.  Philip Kennicott
Gramophone February 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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