Inspiration – Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1; Nocturne from The Gadfly
Saint-Saens The Swan
Shoshanim Evening of Roses
Casals Song of the Birds; Sardana
Offenbach / Mifune Les Larmes de Jacqueline op. 76 No. 2
Bob Marley No Woman, no Cry
Leonard Cohen Hallelujah

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, CBSO Cellos, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla

Format: 1 CD
Release date: 26/1/2018
Barcode: 0028948329489 Catégories : ,


   in Classical Music (Mar, 2018)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of Young Musician of the Year 2016, is a huge talent. He cites his c1610 Amati cello as one of his inspirations, plus Casals, du Pré and Rostropovich. His Shostakovich Concerto No 1 at the Barbican (NYO, April 2017) had incredible energy; this recorded version rather less so. The orchestra is too polite and careful, and while one can marvel at Kanneh- Mason’s technical achievements and his resonance with Shostakovich, the sense of connection between soloist and orchestra is missing. No surprise then that the solo cadenza is the high point of this reading.

The balance of pieces is interesting if sometimes saturated with syrup (Saint-Saëns’ ‘Swan’, Shostakovich’s …


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