dda 25068 MusicWeb recording of the Month February 2009
 
  
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CELLO DIVERSE
SUSANNE BEER (cello), GARETH HANCOCK (piano)

Susanne Beer is one of the UK's leading orchestral cellists and here makes her debut solo album with the extremely talented pianist Gareth Hancock. Diverse works, yet bound in commonality by the cello's voice-like quality and ability to convey emotion and mood.

CD DURATION:  61:11

AUDIO SAMPLE: Stravinsky, Suite Italienne - Introduction (extract)




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tracks:

BRAHMS:
Cello Sonata in F minor

DEBUSSY:
Sonata for Cello and Piano

STRAVINSKY:
Suite Italienne

MORRICONE:
Gabriel's Oboe

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“Susanne Beer... is a complete musician. I loved this performance and the marvellous contrasts of sound the cellist makes. Some of her soft playing is so beautiful that it is beyond praise. This is not a performance but an experience. Her playing is exquisite and lacking in mannerisms. She has a wonderful capacity to communicate. Her tone is ravishing and she puts the music first. This disc cannot be recommended highly enough. It conjures up all the best life has to offer.” – David Wright (Wrightmusic)

“This disc contains some of the finest, and strongest, most purposeful, cello playing I've heard in a long time. Indeed so forthright is the playing, and so intense her interpretations, that I was immediately reminded o f the young Jacqueline du Pré. Ms Beer can stand that extravagant comment for she proves it with every note she plays .It was a real pleasure to report on this disc for everything about it – performance, recording etc. – commands our attention. Susanne Beer is a fine artist and we should hear much more of her.” – Bob Briggs (Musicweb)

“A tour-de-force program... easily essential listening” – Chris Spector (MidWest Record)
“Very interesting and pleasing disc... all in all, this is a thoroughly enjoyable disc from beginning to end” – Gerald Fenech (ClassicalNet)
“Beer has a warm, pliable tone that is fully alive to the wit and dynamic shading of Stravinsky's Suite Italienne and Debussy sonata” ««« - Philip Sommerich (Classical Music)
“Susanne Beer draws a fine ribbon of sound from her instrument, all the while informing the music with the most engaging lilt. There's excellent double stopping here. Brahms' Sonata is given a model performance.” – Neville Cohn (Oz Arts Review)