[ Decca / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 31 January 2020
Award-winning British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason returns with Elgar, a brand new album of works anchored around Elgar's Cello Concerto - arguably the best-known work in the classical canon written for solo cello.
The concerto is complemented with a collection of pieces from Elgar's time. All pieces were chosen by Sheku as a reflection on the different moods and influences in Elgar's seminal concerto. These are beautiful and mostly new arrangements for various string settings, going from Sheku's own arrangement for solo cello (Blow the Wind Southerly) and cello and guitar (Scarborough Fair), to a special version of Nimrod for 6 cellos and Klengel's epic Hymnus for 12 Cellos.
Sheku comes from an incredible musical family in which all 6 of his siblings (he is the third child of 7) play instruments to a phenomenally high standard - yet neither parents are musicians. His talent and passion has led him to be named one of TIME Magazine's Next Generation Leaders, evidence of his ability to cross boundaries and draw new audiences into the world of classical music.
"He takes the view that a noble reticence suits Elgar's emotional world just as well as the huge intensity of Jacqueline du Pré, whose early recording he cites as an inspiration. Often this approach pays off, as in the exquisitely tender third movement...Kanneh-Mason seems a musician of tender, intimate feelings rather than huge unruly ones, which is why the numerous instrumental miniatures here are more successful." Daily Telegraph
1. Blow the Wind Southerly (Arr. Kanneh-Mason) 2:22
Sir Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934)
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma"
2. 9. Nimrod (Adagio) 4:00
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85
3. I. Adagio - Moderato 8:13
4. II. Lento - Allegro molto 4:20
5. III. Adagio 4:53
6. IV. Allegro 11:43
7. Romance, Op. 62 (Arr. Parkin) 5:36
Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941)
4 Short Pieces, H104 Arr. Parkin
8. 2. Spring Song 2:16
9. Scarborough Fair (Arr. Parkin) 3:14
Ernest Bloch (1880 - 1959)
10. Prelude, B 63 4:52
From Jewish Life, B 54
Arr. B. Kanneh-Mason
11. 1. Prayer 4:34
Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
12. Elégie in C Minor, Op. 24 (Arr. Parkin) 7:35
Julius Klengel (1859 - 1933)
13. Hymnus, Op. 57 5:14