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Cello Diverse

Divine Art 25068
Susanne Beer, cello
Gareth Hancock, piano
Divine Art DDA25068 60m DDD
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The title of this very interesting and pleasing disc is "Cello Diverse" and indeed it is so. The choice of works is as contrasting as the composers themselves, and although the most substantial piece is the Brahms Sonata, one of the composer's most arresting works of his mature years, both the Stravinsky and Debussy creations are full of imaginative touches and rhythmically colourful shades

At just under 4 minutes, Morricone's miniature might seem to be out of context in the overall duration of the programme, but its mellow melody (from the film, "The Mission") makes it an exquisite epilogue to this attractive showcase for the cello. Undoubtedly this is music of the highest inspiration, but in Susanne Beer's capable hands it sounds absolutely special.

The co-principal cellist of the London Philharmonic since 1995, Beer is now one of the most lauded virtuosos of the instrument and critics have been quite unanimous in their praise for her playing. She is accompanied by Gareth Hancock who informs the music with passion and empathy. Notes are detailed and the recorded sound is excellent. All in all, this is a thoroughly enjoyable disc from beginning to end.

Copyright © 2008, Gerald Fenech

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