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Cello Concerto

composer

 
Although the Cello Concerto was composed hard on the heels of the Violin Concerto, it is generally darker though equally expressive.

The first movement, subtitled 'Waltz memories', was inspired by a visit to a care home. The residents sat in a semicircle around the room, mostly half asleep. Then some musicians arrived and after a while the residents sprang to life and danced, just like they had done 40 years ago. It was astonishing to witness the power of music!

The second movement, 'Racing', is fast and energetic; whether it’s the same residents of the care home remembering how they raced their bicycles through the mountains or if it’s some other kind of race, I will leave to you.

The third movement 'Lament with variations' begins with a slow lament, and if the variations are much faster and brighter in character, the lament is never far away. In fact it recurs after the cadenza and after some more variations, it finishes the movement.

from notes by Christopher Gunning © 2020

Recordings

Gunning: Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto & Birdflight
Studio Master: SIGCD621Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD621 track 5

Racing
Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-20-62105
Duration
6'39
Recording date
29 September 2015
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & George Collins
Hyperion usage
  1. Hyperion sampler - July 2020 (HYP202007)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: July 2020
    Download-only sampler
  2. Gunning: Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto & Birdflight (SIGCD621)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: June 2020
    Download only
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