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That repertoire will require some explanation; Enrico Mainardi and Joaquin Rodrigo are the only names here you are likely to recognise, though I have to admit that this gentle, achingly lovely Notturno is the first piece of Mainardi’s I recall hearing, and Rodrigo’s Dos Piezas is hardly the best explored corner of his catalog……Marie Dare was..plainly capable of a delicate melodic line and some beautiful harmonies – the Elegie, for example, is a moving exercise in emotional restraint. The Quartet for Cellos by Nigel Don is similarly discreet, though with a hint of warm humor. And the Serenade by Anita Hewitt-Jones and the three-cello Rumba of Michael Norris are easygoing miniatures of little weight but considerable charm. All in all, a most endearing disc.
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Walther Aeschbacher (1901-69) was a Swiss cellist-conductor-composer. His suite of 1941 has the resonant sonority characteristic of the medium and an imaginative use of romantic harmony and counterpoint. Enrico Mainardi (1897-1976) was a famous cellist. His Notturno is a richly sonorous work. Joaquin Rodrigo is represented by a little-known pair of miniatures, well contrasted in style and technique.
Cello Spice is a Scottish group, and the rest of the program is by Scottish composers. First is a comprehensive collection by composer-cellist Marie Dare (1902-76). For those interested, a collection of her works for cello and piano is on ASV6245. Her music is meditative and evokes her country in a beautiful way. Then comes a 1992 Quartet by Nigel Don (b.1954), a romantic and occasionally witty work. Anita Hewitt-Jones (b.1926) writes a sweet and sunny Spanish Serenade, and the program closes with Michael Norris (b.1934) whose “Rumba” was originally for three bassoons. Though the music and the performances are generally low-key, this is a most attractive and unusual collection