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Julian Lloyd Webber

The Singing Strad (3CD)

An outstanding collection of cello favourites, all chosen by Julian himself for his 70th birthday. The set features celebrated recordings spanning two decades; all were made with his Barjansky Stradivarius cello which he played for more than 30 years. Widely regarded as one of the most creative musicians of his generation, Julian inspired many new compositions and arrangements for cello – many featured in this new set.

A centrepiece of this new collection is his award-winning recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Other highlights include his recordings of Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata with John McCabe, the Saint-Saëns Concerto and works by Fauré and Debussy with Yan Pascal Tortelier, arrangements of Vaughan Williams, John Ireland and Percy Grainger with Sir Neville Marriner, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with Maxim Shostakovich (Tchaikovsky’s original version) and a special recording of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu. Plus a beautiful miniature entitled Jackie’s Song, composed by Julian as a musical tribute to the cellist Jacqueline du Pré.

1. ELGAR: Cello Concerto; Idylle; Chanson de Matin; Salut d’amour
2. SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No.1 in A Minor Op.33; The Swan; Allegro appassionato
3. IRELAND: The Holy Boy arr. Christopher Palmer
4. GRAINGER: Brigg Fair arr. Christopher Palmer
5. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Romanza (from Tuba Concerto)
6. ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: Pie Jesu (from Requiem)
8. HOLST: Invocation
9. FAURÉ: Élégie; Berceuse (from Dolly Suite)
10.BACH/GOUNOD: Ave Maria
11. DEBUSSY: Rêverie; Clair de lune; Beau soir
12. MASSENET: Méditation (from Thaïs)
13. BIZET: Habanera (from Carmen)
14. MESSIAEN: Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus (from Quartet for the End of Time)
15. TCHAIKOVSKY Rococo Variations; Nocturne in C sharp minor Op.19 No.4
16. GLAZUNOV Mélodie, Op. 20 No. 1
17. BORODIN: Nocturne
18. VAVILOV: Ave Maria
19. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Song of India
20. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Flight of the Bumblebee
21. SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Sonata Op.40