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Un regalo


Mark Simpson‘s Un Regalo is virtuosic and extreme, as if a hurricane is brewing and then subsides. The momentum of the piece builds and builds into a frenzy and disappears again into nothing. It uses the full range of the instrument and a variety of effects from glissandi to ponticello to create a unique soundworld.

Mark writes:

I wanted to showcase not just Guy‘s brilliant musicianship but also the qualities of the instrument he plays and his innate understanding of it. The fantastic resonance of the instrument is what inspired the opening gesture, with the two lowest open strings dictating the opening chord, harmony and shape of the work.
The piece is in four sections. The first showcases lyrical extremes of the instrument, while the second is a relentless tarantella-like music with erratic outbursts leading to a third, broader expressive music where intense melodic gestures meld, shift, and fall upon each other. The last section is a quiet, distant recap of the opening which fades to nothing.

from notes by Guy Johnston © 2017


Tecchler's Cello
Studio Master: KGS0026Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on KGS0026 [6'26] Download only

Track-specific metadata for KGS0026 track 6

Recording date
22 January 2017
Recording venue
Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Tecchler's Cello (KGS0026)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: September 2017
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