Bloch, Ligeti & Dallapiccola: Suites for solo cello

Hyperion: CDA68155

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Bloch, Ligeti & Dallapiccola: Suites for solo cello

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Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2017

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Hyperion

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CDA68155

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1

Release date:

27th Jan 2017

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Bloch, Ligeti & Dallapiccola: Suites for solo cello


Bloch, E:

Suite for solo cello No. 1

Suite for solo cello No. 2

Suite for solo cello No. 3

Dallapiccola:

Ciaccona, Intermezzo e Adagio

Ligeti:

Sonata for Cello solo


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Read our exclusive interview with Natalie Clein about this disc here.

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: Suite for solo cello No. 1

1. Prelude

2. Allegro

3. Canzona

4. Allegro

Ernest Bloch: Suite for solo cello No. 2

1. Prelude

2. Allegro

3. Andante Tranquillo

4. Allegro

Ernest Bloch: Suite for solo cello No. 3

1. Allegro Deciso

2. Andante

3. Allegro

4. Andante

5. Allegro Giocoso

Luigi Dallapiccola: Ciaccona, Intermezzo e Adagio

1. Ciaccona

2. Intermezzo

3. Adagio

György Ligeti: Sonata for Cello solo

1. Dialogo

2. Capriccio

Gramophone Magazine

February 2017

“Clein plays intimately, as if for herself alone. But there is nothing hermetic about her approach. Gently, insistently, quietly, she draws the listener into Bloch’s music and the results are thoroughly absorbing...her performance of the Adagio theme in the Ligeti is four minutes of pure, concentrated beauty.”

The Guardian

2nd February 2017

***

“Clein is full of conviction in all of it, with fearless attack and haunting quiet passages.”

Classical Ear

13th February 2017

“Outstandingly sensitive, raptly dedicated and burnished of tone, Clein penetrates to the very heart of this wholly personable, consistently absorbing music – by turns intimate, playful, songful and profound – in performances of enviable eloquence, concentration and authority.”

BBC Music Magazine

March 2017

****

“Undoubtedly the most approachable music in this fascinating programme is Ligeti’s Sonata, already a firmly established favourite amongst cellists. Clein’s performance is exemplary, bringing requisite warmth and tenderness to the opening ‘Dialogo’ and propelling the obsessive moto perpetuo semiquavers of the ‘Capriccio’ with tremendous energy and rhythmic drive”

MusicWeb International

24th February 2017

“A lovely disc of 20th century music for solo cello.”

The Strad

April 2017

“These are meticulous and carefully cultivated performances, captured with an intimacy of recorded sound that matches the private interior world Clein is hearing. The tenebrous contours of the Andante tranquillo second movement of Suite No. 2 have been internalised and we witness a deep communion between player and composer”

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