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A Tale Of Two Cellos / Julian And Jiaxin Lloyd Webber

Webber / Cheng / Lenehan / Finch
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573251   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsAstor PiazzollaClaudio MonteverdiDmitri Shostakovich,   ... 
Performer:  Julian Lloyd WebberJiaxin Lloyd Webber
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Good original music for two cellos is quite rare to find and over the years arrangements have greatly enriched the classical repertoire. In this recording internationally celebrated cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has taken music from Monteverdi to Arvo Pärt – much of it originally written for two voices – and adapted it to the medium of two cellos and accompanying piano, sometimes including other instrumentation. These unique arrangements, which he performs with his wife Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, allow their cello voices to blend together as they explore music of lyricism, quiet melancholy and tuneful energy. Good original music for two cellos is quite rare to find and over the years arrangements have greatly enriched the classical repertoire. In this recording internationally celebrated cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has taken music from Monteverdi to Arvo Pärt – much of it originally written for two voices – and adapted it to the medium of two cellos and accompanying piano, sometimes including other instrumentation. These unique arrangements, which he performs with his wife Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, allow their cello voices to blend together as they explore music of lyricism, quiet melancholy and tuneful energy. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ave Maria for Chorus and Organ, Op. 145 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
2.
Chiquilín de Bachin by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
3.
Madrigals, Book 7: Interrotte speranze by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1619; Italy 
4.
Gadfly, Op. 97: Prelude by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
5.
Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op. 26: 3rd group, H 99 - no 1, Hymn to the Dawn by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
6.
Summer Sunset by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1938; England 
7.
Arnold Book of Old Songs: My Lady Greensleeves by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1951; England 
8.
Songs (12) on Russian texts, Op. 48: no 1, The Angel by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Russia 
9.
Moravian Duets (9), Op. 32: no 3, The modest maid by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
10.
Moravian Duets (4), Op. 38/B 69: no 3, The crown by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Bohemia 
11.
Moon Silver by William Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
12.
Mädchenlieder, Op. 103: no 4, An den Abendstern by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
13.
Sommerruh by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Written: 1849 
14.
Stabat Mater: Stabat Mater dolorosa by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Pozzuoli, Italy 
15.
Mélodies (20), Volume 1: Si mes vers avaient des ailes by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
16.
Choruses (6), Op. 15: no 4, The Waves are Dreaming by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
17.
Lost is my quiet for ever, Z 502 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
18.
Oh! That We Two Were Maying by Ethelbert Nevin
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
19.
Sweet and Low by Joseph Barnby
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
20.
Summer Sunset by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1938; England 
21.
Wiegenlieder (2): no 2, Estnisches Wiegenlied by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (Cello)

Sound Samples

Ave Maria in A Major (1860) (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
Chiquilin de Bachin (arr. J. Lenehan for 2 cellos and piano): Chiquilin de Bachin (The Little Beggar Boy) (arr. J. Lenehan for 2 cellos and piano)
Madrigals, Book 7: Interrotte speranze, eterna fede, SV 132 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 3 cellos and harp)
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a (arr. J .Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano): The Gadfly, Op. 97: Prelude (arr. J .Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, 3rd Group, Op. 26 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 4 cellos and harp): Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, 3rd Group, Op. 26: No. 1. Hymn to the Dawn (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 4 cellos and harp)
My Lady Greensleeves (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
12 Songs, Op. 48 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano): 12 Songs, Op. 48: No. 1. Der Engel (The Angel) (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
Moravske dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 38, B. 69 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano): No. 3. Kranzlein (The Harvesters)
Moon Silver (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
Sommerruh (Summer Calm), WoO 7 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
Stabat mater (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and harp): Stabat mater: Stabat mater dolorosa (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and harp)
Moravske dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 38, B. 69 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano): No. 4. Schmerz (Autumn Lament)
Si mes vers avaient des ailes (If my songs were only winged) (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
6 Choruses, Op. 15 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano): 6 Choruses, Op. 15: No. 4. Zadremali volni (The Waves are Dreaming) (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
Lost is my quiet forever, Z. 502 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and harp)
Moravske dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 32, B. 62 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano): Moravske dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 32, B. 62: No. 8. Skromna (The Modest Lass) (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
Madchenlieder, Op. 103 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano): Madchenlieder, Op. 103: No. 4. An den Abendstern (Evening Star) (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
Sketchbook, Op. 2 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano): Sketchbook, Op. 2: Oh, that we two were maying (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
Sweet and Low (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
Summer Sunset (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)
2 Wiegenlieder (2 Lullabies) (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano): 2 Wiegenlieder (2 Lullabies): No. 2. Estnisches Wiegenlied (Estonian Lullaby) (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 very enjoyable February 17, 2014 By mike b. (burnaby, British Columbia) See All My Reviews "This is a great cd. Partnership of Julian and Jaixin really works on these nostalgic sounding songs. Don't be surprised if your eyes mist up, there's some beautiful music making here. You will also hear a harp or piano. Good sound recording. Hope to hear more from this couple." Report Abuse
 Gorgeous music arranged for two cellos! November 9, 2013 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "Julian Lloyd Webber is a wonderful cellist, and this recording is candy for the cello lover’s ears. The brief section of the liner notes written by Mr. Webber refer to his previous Naxos recording of works by Delius and various Irish composers, and he reflects that he and his wife (cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber) really enjoyed making quality music together. However, the quantity of appealing music for two cellos was very slim, so the idea to arrange other works for two cellos was born and this recording is the result. The disc features works originally written by Purcell, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Saint-Seans, Dvorak, Piazzola, Monteverdi, Shostakovich, Holst, Pergolesi, Rubenstein, Nevin, Barnby, Quilter, Arvo Part, and others. Each of these works is sweetly performed Mr. Webber, and his very talented friends (John Lenehan – piano, Guy Johnston and Laura van der Heijden – cello, and Catrin Finch – harp), and his wife. Particularly enjoyable are Piazzolla’s “The Little Beggar Boy”, Monteverdi’s “Interrotte speranze”, Rubenstein’s “The Angel”, and Dvorak’s “Autumn Lament”, but I find no fault with any of the works on this recording. They are all wonderful pieces in their original form, and the arrangements here are just simply beautiful. This is perfect music for a rainy day or a quiet afternoon. I very much enjoyed listening to this recording. Delightfully recommended!" Report Abuse
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