Tecchler’s Cello: From Cambridge to Rome | Kings College Cambridge KGS0026

Tecchler’s Cello: From Cambridge to Rome


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Label: Kings College Cambridge

Cat No: KGS0026

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 8th September 2017



Guy Johnston (cello)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)
Tom Poster (piano)
Magnus Johnston (violin)
Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia


Stephen Cleobury


Barriere, Jean-Baptiste

Cello Sonatas Book IV (6)
» no.4 Sonata for 2 Cellos in G major

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Trio no.5 in D major, op.70 no.1 'Ghost'

Bray, Charlotte


Gjeilo, Ola

Serenity 'O magnum mysterium'

Matthews, David

Ein Celloleben

Respighi, Ottorino

Adagio con Variazioni, P133

Simpson, Mark

Un Regalo


Guy Johnston (cello)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)
Tom Poster (piano)
Magnus Johnston (violin)
Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia


Stephen Cleobury


Guy Johnston, one of our most exciting and versatile British cellists, began his musical journey as a chorister in the world-renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, under the tutelage of Stephen Cleobury. He went on to achieve early success through the BBC Young Musician of the Year title, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award, and receiving a Classical Brit Award.

Guy now plays a 1714 Tecchler cello and in its third centenary he set out to celebrate the life of the instrument, and its creator, commissioning a number of new works. He explains: "I began to ask myself lots of questions – How did David Tecchler end up settling in Rome, who was he making cellos for, and how did this cello come into my hands? What is my journey and role as a cellist in the 21st century? I decided to mark this anniversary by commissioning three works as gifts for the cello by celebrated British composers David Matthews, Mark Simpson and Charlotte Bray. I asked them to think of the role of the cello in the last three centuries and to let their imagination run wild."

Guy’s inspiration led him to Italy, taking his cello back home to get to the root of some of these questions. Joined by friends from both countries, recorded at locations close to his heart, and featuring works from across his cello’s 300 years, this album traces that musical journey, from Cambridge to Rome.

This release is presented by King’s College, Cambridge and joins the King’s Choir’s critically-acclaimed recordings, including Bach’s St John Passion, recently released on the anniversary of its first performance. Guy’s discography includes celebrated albums for Naxos, Harmonia Mundi and Chandos.

1 Ola Gjeilo: Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium) - wt. Stephen Cleobury & Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
2 David Matthews: Ein Celloleben
3-5 Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major, Op.70, No.1 “Ghost”- wt. Tom Poster, Magnus Johnston
6 Mark Simpson: Un Regalo
7-9 Barrière: Six Cello Sonatas, Book 4, Sonata for Two Cellos in G Major, No. 4 - wt. Sheku Kanneh-Mason
10 Charlotte Bray: Perseus - wt. Tom Poster
11 Respighi: Adagio con Variazioni, P.133 - wt. Carlo Rizzari, Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia

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