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Julian Lloyd Webber - Celebration

Julian Lloyd Webber Audio CD
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Widely regarded as one of the most creative musicians of his generation and now leading England’s In Harmony programme, Julian Lloyd Webber won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music when he was sixteen and completed his studies in Geneva with the renowned French cellist, Pierre Fournier. Since then he has collaborated with an extraordinary array of musicians from Yehudi Menuhin, ... Read more in Amazon's Julian Lloyd Webber Store

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  • Audio CD (7 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00005AQO7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Allegretto
2. Adagio nostaligico
3. Allegro Scherzando
4. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
5. Lento - Allegro
6. Andantion con moto - Allegro Presto - Tempo primo - Allegro Presto
7. Andante - Allegro
8. Gavotte No. 2
9. Softly Awakes My Heart
10. Elegie
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
2. Serenad from Hassan
3. Invocation
4. Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes
5. Arioso
6. Scherzetto
7. Bailero (Shepherd Song)
8. Kol Nidrei

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BBC Review

BMG marks Julian Lloyd Webber's half-century by revisiting some of his memorable RCA recordings of the early Eighties. It's surprising that the agreeably tuneful concerto written for him in 1979 by Joaquín Rodrigo has not been more widely embraced by other cellists. Only now, some 19 years after its Royal Festival Hall premiere, has it found its way on to CD, though Lloyd Webber's performance is just as magnetic as I remembered from LP days, and BMG's new CD transfer is excellent. Disc 1 of this compilation also includes works by Villa-Lobos, Falla, Popper and others, and Lloyd Webber's nobly measured account of the Lalo Concerto has a degree of purposeful gravitas that commands attentive listening. However, the British works grouped on the second disc reveal Lloyd Webber's finest interpretative attributes, especially in a reading of the Delius Concerto that's much the finest since du Pre's, and arguably more plausible and engrossing for what it leaves to the imagination of the listener. Lloyd Webber's more introspective style comes closer to capturing the fleeting spirit of the work than does du Pre's full-on ardour, and the recording is again first class. A hearty birthday feast that's well worth investigating.

Performance ****
Sound ****

© BBC Music Magazine 2001


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4.0 out of 5 stars great sound 29 Dec 2013
By keith
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I first heard Julian play when I lay in Bed in hospital back in the 70s and I was desperate to own the music I had heard. A nurse obtained the record for me and I still treasure it and other idscs of his. Buy his music it is really thrilling.
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This is a beautiful celebration of his cello playing .I still have not listened fully due to pressure of time ,but what I heartd so far, I much enjoy.
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This is an excellent collection of some of the pieces that have become staples in Julian Lloyd Webber's repertoire, so quite rightly a "celebration" of 40 plus years of career . Great variety of music and styles, there's something for everyone, whether it is your introduction to Julian's cello music or whether you want a "best of" collection to play in the car.
I sometimes see comments on the Internet by people saying he became famous only because he is the brother of Andrew Lloyd Webber. That is unfair and can't be true. It must have been very hard for him to establish himself as an international cellist, having the name Lloyd Webber. The age gap between the brothers is only about 3 years, I think. Their careers started pretty much simultaneously but they soon took very different directions. Surely they must owe some of their talent to the musical genius of their father, composer William Lloyd Webber, and to the musical environment they grew up in. But when we come to listen to Julian's recordings or live performances, whose brother or son he is is irrelevant, he is an extraordinary cellist who plays with impeccable accuracy (have you seen his performance of Karl Jenkins' Benedictus on Songs of Praise recently?) and incredible passion, which he communicates very well with the audience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good variety 17 Oct 2013
By chon
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good variety of pieces which flow gently over you. good sleeve notes written in accessible language by the player himself
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