Richard Fairman
Financial Times
February 2017

Experiences of the second world war left composers of different generations adrift from each other.

In a survey of works from the post-war decade, cellist Natalie Clein offers three such contrasting voices.

For Ernest Bloch, at the end of his life, the three Suites for solo cello recall Bach in their mix of lyricism and declamation, wholeheartedly conveyed by Clein.

From other quarters Luigi Dallapiccola’s Ciaccona, intermezzo e adagio, written in 1945, is riven with a hard-edged desolation.

The young Ligeti’s Sonata for solo cello, from 1948/53, looks ahead optimistically with beauty and ebullience.