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A Tale of Two Cellos - Arrangements by Julian Lloyd Webber / Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, cellos; Catrin Finch, harp; John Lenehan, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Ave Maria (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Chiquilin de Bachin (The Little Beggar Boy) [arr. J. Lenehan for 2 cellos and piano] $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 132: Interrotte speranze, eterna fede (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 3 cellos and harp) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: Prelude (arr. J .Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, 3rd Group, Op. 26: I. Hymn to the Dawn (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 4 cellos and harp) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. My Lady Greensleeves (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. 12 Songs, Op. 48: I. Der Engel (The Angel) [arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano] $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Moravske dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 38, B. 69: III. Kranzlein [The Harvesters] [arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano] $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Moon Silver (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Sommerruh (Summer Calm), WoO 7 [arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano] $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Stabat mater: Stabat mater dolorosa (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and harp) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Moravske dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 38, B. 69: IV. Schmerz [Autumn Lament] [arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano] $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Si mes vers avaient des ailes (If my songs were only winged) [arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano] $0.99 on iTunes
  14. 6 Choruses, Op. 15: IV. Zadremali volni (The Waves are Dreaming) [arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano] $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Lost is my quiet forever, Z. 502 (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and harp) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Moravske dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 32, B. 62: VIII. Skromna [The Modest Lass] [arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano] $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Mädchenlieder, Op. 103: IV. An den Abendstern (Evening Star) [arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano] $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Sketchbook, Op. 2: Oh, that we two were maying (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Sweet and Low (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Summer Sunset (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. 2 Wiegenlieder (2 Lullabies): II. Estnisches Wiegenlied [Estonian Lullaby] [arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano] $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Ave Maria, motet for chorus, Op. 145
>Piazzolla, Astor : Chiquilín de Bachin, tango song
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Interrotte speranze, eterna fede
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly
>Holst, Gustav : Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op. 26
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : My Lady Greensleeves...
>Rubinstein, Anton : Der Engel ("Es schwebte ein Engel dem Himmel entlang"), song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 48/1
>Dvorak, Antonin : The Crown (Venecek), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 69/3 (Op. 38/3)
>Lloyd Webber, Julian : Moon Silver, for 2 cellos & piano
>Schumann, Robert : Sommerruh ("Sommerruh, wie schön bist du"), for 2 voices & piano, WoO 9
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Dvorak, Antonin : The Smart (Hore), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 69/4 (Op. 38/4)
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Si mes vers avaient des ailes!, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Six Choruses, Op. 15
>Purcell, Henry : Lost is my quiet for ever, Z 502
>Dvorak, Antonin : The Modest Maid (Skromná), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 62/3 (Op. 32/3)
>Schumann, Robert : An den Abenstern ("Schweb empor am Himmel"), duet for two female voices & piano (Mädchenlieder), Op.
>Nevin, Ethelbert : Oh! That We Two Were Maying, for voice & piano, Op 2/8
>Barnby, Joseph : Sweet and Low
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Summer Sunset, for sopano, alto & piano
>Pärt, Arvo : Kuus, kuus kallike, Estonian lullaby for 2 voices & ensemble
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Notes & 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 Part - 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.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
The most worthwhile tracks surround the cellists' effusions with space, air and Catrin Finch's

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
This is expressly a CD for those who enjoy a pair of cellos, beautifully played and lended together in slow lyrical tunes, with a stylish piano accompaniment.

MusicWeb International, 25th March 2014
The programme is undeniably attractive, if somewhat unvaried in manner.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
This is a program of arrangements for two cellos and piano or harp by Julian Lloyd Webber, performed by him with his wife Jiaxin and others. The Lloyd Webbers work very well together, their tones blending not only in sound but in speed of vibrato. The program is romantic in essence, consisting of 21 pieces, mostly in thirds and sixths for the cellos. If the idea interests you, it is carried out smoothly and with love. One wishes these people well.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013).



Reviews

Gorgeous music arranged for two cellos!
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!

Submitted on 11/08/13 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Ave Maria, motet for chorus, Op. 145
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Piazzolla, Astor : Chiquilín de Bachin, tango song
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1969

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Interrotte speranze, eterna fede
  • Performers: Catrin Finch (Harp); Guy Johnston (Cello); John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1619

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly :: Prelude
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1955

>Holst, Gustav : Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op. 26 :: Hymn to the Dawn
  • Performers: Catrin Finch (Harp); Laura Heijden (Cello); Guy Johnston (Cello); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1908-1914

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : My Lady Greensleeves...
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rubinstein, Anton : Der Engel ("Es schwebte ein Engel dem Himmel entlang"), song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 48/1
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Dvorak, Antonin : The Crown (Venecek), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 69/3 (Op. 38/3)
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?08/1877

>Lloyd Webber, Julian : Moon Silver, for 2 cellos & piano
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Schumann, Robert : Sommerruh ("Sommerruh, wie schön bist du"), for 2 voices & piano, WoO 9
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater :: Dolorosa
  • Performers: Catrin Finch (Harp); John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1736

>Dvorak, Antonin : The Smart (Hore), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 69/4 (Op. 38/4)
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?08/1877

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Si mes vers avaient des ailes!, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1888

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Six Choruses, Op. 15 :: no 4 Zadremali volni (The Waves Are Dreaming)
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1895-1896

>Purcell, Henry : Lost is my quiet for ever, Z 502
  • Performers: Catrin Finch (Harp); John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Dvorak, Antonin : The Modest Maid (Skromná), song for soprano, alto & piano (Moravian Duets), B. 62/3 (Op. 32/3)
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Schumann, Robert : An den Abenstern ("Schweb empor am Himmel"), duet for two female voices & piano (Mädchenlieder), Op.
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Nevin, Ethelbert : Oh! That We Two Were Maying, for voice & piano, Op 2/8
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Barnby, Joseph : Sweet and Low
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Summer Sunset, for sopano, alto & piano
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Pärt, Arvo : Kuus, kuus kallike, Estonian lullaby for 2 voices & ensemble
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Jiaxin Webber (Cello)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, England (01/04/2013-01/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary