Archive for January, 2009

Warm in Zagreb…

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Just finished my project in Zagreb with packed out concert at the very warm Lisinski Hall with live TV relay and the Croatian President in the front row! It was an exciting evening, the 55th anniversary concert of the renowned Zagreb Soloists who began their life as the ensemble of great cellist Antonio Janigro (his picture hung rather ominously above me during the concert!). As well as the Haydn C major concerto, I played a couple of new arrangements of a Golijov song, and one of my favourite tangos (Milonga del Angel) by Piazzolla, which worked really nicely with a string orchestra, and the ensemble played it really well – lots of lazy slides and pungent attacks. It’s been a very memorable week, and I wish the group the very best as they enter a new era with their wonderful new leader, ‘Boro’ – good times ahead I think. I never did get round to the frogs in the restaurant.

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Freezing in Zagreb…

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Lovely to be back in Zagreb which is looking picturesque, especially the old town, covered in snow and ice. I’ve been giving some masterclasses to talented cellists, and had a great impro session today with the celebrated Zagreb soloists, with whom I play in their 55th birthday concerts on Monday and Tuesday; Haydn C major, and some new arrangements of Golijov, Piazzolla and Jobim for cello and strings. I was taken out to lunch today by a colleague, who was about to order a fish stew with eels and frogs, but the waiter said it would take too long (we had a rehearsal deadline). I was a little relieved, but maybe I should go back and try it? After all, I did try a sheeps brain in Kazakhstan a few years ago…not terribly pleasant if I remember rightly…

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BTN CD reviews

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I’ve just been told about a couple of new reviews for CDs by my group, Between The Notes, and I’m delighted to say that they were really positive ones – click on the links below to have a look. I wanted to flag this up here, because both the pieces (one of them reader generated on Amazon) seemed to understand exactly what we are trying to do, and that is always gratifying. They are recordings that we’re really proud of, and I don’t know of anything quite like them…we already have several reviews, including 4 stars in the Independent, but it’s always good to have new ones. (And…you can buy the CDs on this site – CD/DVD on the left – for £10 + p & p)

Amazon “There should be much more music like this on CD“.

Downtown Music Gallery (about half way down a very big page)

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