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ON THE BRIDGE, Vocal Chords

A nice debut CD for the young formation of cellists On The Bridge, who avail themselves of the collaboration of the soprano Carlotta Colombo for the occasion.

“For our debut recording project, we decided to focus on composers from distant ages. The modern and contemporary repertoires aim to maintain a link with the ancient musical tradition through the careful selection of pieces with a stylistic form inspired by the past”

So CD proposes a journey into the history of music from John Dowland to today, highlighting above all the expressive contrasts, but also the formal continuity that binds composers of very different styles and periods. From the poignant and composed sweetness of Dowland, to the ironic and sparkling classicism of Britten, from the spiritual reflection of Giovanni Maria Nannino to the contemporary “Toccata” of Francesco Cerrato, from the classicism of Rameau, to the recreation of the Suite by Pierre Petit and, to conclude, a direct comparison between Bach and Villa-Lobos.

The young cellists of the group already demonstrate an excellent ability to create a dense, polite dialogue between their instruments. A dialogue where everyone makes their point of view heard, but without overwhelming others and in any case respecting the rules of a good education. A good look and a good interpretative personality, accompanied by constant attention to the beauty of the sound, the precision of the attacks, and emotional harmony. And among the notes, their freshness and their desire to have fun together feel palpable.

In the CD booklet, a brief presentation of the young performers, coordinated by Stefano Cerrato, who is the soul and guide of the group. On the CD, all the young members of the ensemble demonstrate their solid training, their good chamber music experience, but above all their desire to continue the path they started in 2019 at the International Music Festival of Portogruaro

John Dowland (1563-1626)
Flow My Tears (Lacrimae), version for soprano and 8 cellos
George Whitehaed his Almand

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Boisterous bourree (From Simple Symphony op.4), version for 8 celli – Arr. By Stefano Cerrato

Giovanni Maria Nanino (about 1544-1607)
Diffusa est gratia, version for 4 cellos

Joseph Noyon (1888-1962)
Hymne à la Nuit, version for 5 cellos – Harmonization of a theme from Hippolite et Aricie by Jean-Philippe Rameau – Arr. By Michele Barchi

Pierre Petit (1922-2000)
Suite, for 4 cellos, Prélude – Adagio – Scherzo

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Auf meinen lieben Gott (From Kantate Ich habe meine Zuversicht, BWV 188), version for 4 cellos
Befiehl du deine Wege (From Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244), version for 4 cellos

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Bachianas Brasileiras n0.5, for soprano and 8 cellos: Ária – Dança

On the Bridge Ensemble
Stefano Cerrato, Emanuele Rigamonti, Benedetta Giolo, Simone Ceppetelli, Sara Merlini, Matteo Vercelloni, Alessandro Brutti, Vittorio Zelocchi

Carlotta Colombo, Soprano

Publication date: February 7, 2020
Label: Da Vinci Classics
Catalog No.: C00232
ASIN: B0825D8C6N

The CD is for sale on Da Vinci Publishing