Julian Lloyd Webber, Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Guy Johnston, Laura van der Heijden (cello); John Lenehan (piano), Catrin Finch (harp)
Good original music for two cellos is quite rare to find and over the years arrangements have greatly enriched the classical repertoire. In this recording internationally celebrated cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has taken music from Monteverdi to Arvo Part - much of it originally written for two voices - and adapted it to the medium of two cellos and accompanying piano, sometimes including other instrumentation. These unique arrangements, which he performs with his wife Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, allow their cello voices to blend together as they explore music of lyricism, quiet melancholy and tuneful energy.
Barnby Sweet and Low, Dvorak The Harvesters, Autumn Lament, The Modest Lass; Hahn If my songs were only winged, Holst Hymn to the Dawn, Lloyd Webber Moon Silver, Monteverdi Interrotte speranze, Nevin O that we two were maying, Part Estonian Lullaby, Pergolesi Dolorosa, Pizzolla (arr Lenehan) The Little Beggar Boy, Purcell Lost is my quiet for ever, Quilter My Lady (Greensleeves), Summer Sunset; Rachmaninov The Waves are Dreaming, Rubinstein The Angel, Saint-Saens Ave Maria, Schumann Summer Calm, Evening Star, Shostakovich Prelude from The Gadfly
Running time: 1 hr 2 minutes