London Cello Connection

London Cello Connection

NV6514 (Navona Records, CD)

FIRST RELEASE (10 March 2023)
Tracks: 8
℗ 2023 Navona Records LLC
© 2023 Navona Records LLC
Main country of recording: United Kingdom
Reviewer: Paul Sarcich
Review of London Cello Connection published on 4 April 2023

Ovidiu Marinescu, cello
London Symphony Orchestra
Miran Vaupotiić, conductor

Marvin Lamb:

1 Sarabande

John Robertson:

2 Celebratory Music

Katherine Price:

3 The Two Headed Calf

Joanna Estelle:

4 I Am My Home

Diane Jones:

5 Soul Dance

L Peter Deutsch:

6 The Forest Stream

Keith Kramer:

7 Luce del Sole

Arthur Gottschalk:

8 Brunetti Meditations

Eight composers, eight highly heterogeneous pieces for cello and orchestra, and one undaunted soloist: London Cello Connection is an ambitious cross-section of contemporary cello music - and dexterous cellist Ovidiu Marinescu is up to the challenge. The album's title could not be more aptly chosen: the composers presented hail from wildly varied backgrounds and from all walks of life - from aspiring prodigy to seasoned veteran - and the themes of their works are equally multifarious, ranging from the highly personal - triumph over individual adversity - to the most universal - abstract contemplation. Romanian soloist Marinescu draws upon his rich experience as a cellist to bring everything together - and the result is a musical kaleidoscope that is nothing short of miraculous.

Recorded 6-7 July 2022 at LSO St Lukes, London, UK.