Songs and Lullabies: new works for solo cello

Inspired by the plight of disadvantaged and mistreated children around the world, Delphian artist Robert Irvine has commissioned 18 new pieces for solo cello. As a musician who works at the heart of the English and Scottish scenes, he is able to draw on an impressive roster of friends and colleagues that includes some of the UK’s leading composers. Each of them has contributed a short solo piece, drawing out the cello’s most lyrical aspects, while Irvine’s own startling alertness to the finest expressive nuance further enhances this unique recording project.

"Robert Irvine has commissioned 18 solo cello works on the theme of "children in need". Its patchwork of elegies, lullabies and snippets of dance has an unsettling feel."

"Irvine responds to each piece with the same sincerity, imagination and technical assurance; lovely playing, captured in warm, natural sound. A well-produced document of a very worthwhile project."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Release Date: 30 September 2016
Catalogue No: DCD34158
Total playing time: 1:19:58

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