Release date: 10 February 2014
Credits and About
Richard Birchall Cello
Matthijs Broersma Cello
Pau Codina Cello
Reinoud Ford Cello
Ashok Klouda Cello
Bartholomew LaFollete Cello
John Myerscough Cello
Ella Rundle Cello
All arrangements by Richard Birchall
Recorded by Matt Robertson at Assault and Battery Studios, London on 19th and 20th January 2013.
Mixed by August Wanngren in Copenhagen, Denmark in May 2013.
Mastered by Peter Beckmann in London in July 2013.
Artwork photography by Joel Garthwaite
Photograph of Cellophony by Tim Dickeson
Produced by Dave Stapleton
An Edition Classics Production
From the opening of Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde Prelude, through selections from Schuberts’s Schwanengeang to Samuel Barber’s timeless Adagio, Richard Birchall’s arrangements are both respectful and yet innovative and provide an integral part of the ensemble’s achingly rich and emotive sound.
The album’s finale is Viloloncelles, Vibrez!, from Italian composer Giovanni Sollima. Described by The Guardian as featuring ‘breathtaking sonorities ambiguities and audacities’ and by The Times as a ‘real crowd tickler’, this delightful and dramatic piece perfectly shows off the ensemble’s virtuosity in shaping and exploiting their unique sound.
Performing together over 6 years, Richard Birchall, Matthijs Broersma, Pau Codina, ReinoudFord, Ashok Klouda, Bartholomew LaFollete, John Myerscough and Ella Rundle pull together their varied international backgrounds and experiences to create the unique sonorities of Cellophony, a sound world that is inspiring a diverse range of composers to extend the repertoire for cello octets. Their frequent performances are making an impact on the classical concert scene and today they have a growing fan base.
"An impressive debut."
BBC Music Magazine