Elgar - Cello Concerto - Sheku Kanneh-mason
Cello - Sheku Kanneh-Mason Ensemble - Heath Quartet Orchestra - London Symphony Orchestra Conductor - Simon Rattle
1 - Romanze op. 62 für Cello & Streichquintett 2 - Bridge: Spring Song für Cello & Streichquartett 3 - Bloch: Prelude; From Jewish Life 4 - Faure: Elegie op. 24 für Cello & Celloensemble 5 - Klengel: Hymnus op. 57 für 12 Celli 6 - Traditionals: Blow the Wind für Cello solo; Scarborough Fair für Cello & Gitarre
With Elgar the award-winning British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason presents a brand new album with works around Elgar's Cello Concerto - probably the most famous in the canon of classical works for solo cello, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this month. Together with the internationally renowned London Symphony Orchestra and its famous music director, conductor Sir Simon Rattle, Sheku recorded the Cello Concerto at Abbey Road Studios. The inspiration to learn the cello came at the age of eight or nine after hearing Elgar's popular concert in the famous 1965 recording of Jacqueline du Pré, of which his family had a CD. The work "appeals directly to [his] emotions," explains the 20-year-old, who has performed it many times with orchestras all over the world. For his latest album, Sheku uses Elgar's famous work as a starting point, which allows him to look at the wider musical landscape of Europe before and after the war, with works by Julius Klengel, Gabriel Fauré and Swiss-born Ernst Bloch. For example, Fauré's "Élégie" is not only a classical work in the cello repertoire, but also a last manifestation of Romanticism in pre-war Europe, before the world changed forever. Klengel's "Hymnus" - composed for 12 cellos - was written in 1920 and premiered in 1922 at the funeral of Arthur Nikisch, who replaced Elgar as conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Elgar's Enigma Variations were composed between 1898 and 1899 at the beginning of a new century; the powerful and ubiquitous British "Nimrod" is arranged here specifically for six cellos. The traditional folk melody "Scarborough Fair" is newly conceived for solo cello and classical guitar and complements the Northumbrian "Blow the Wind Southerly" as well as a new recording of Frank Bridges "Spring Song" with the Heath Quartet.