music for cello -
explored by RON BIERMAN
'... beautifully-played cello.'
Peter Sculthorpe loves the cello's full, sonorous timbre and this recording strikingly
demonstrates his expert use of it. David Pereira, for whom several of the pieces were
written, has a strong, even a rugged sound when required, and that reinforces Sculthorpe's
approach. The relatively conservative but modern-sounding Sonata for Solo Cello begins the
recital. It is in a single movement and free rather than tightly structured in its
development of three main themes. This is the anguished first theme
[listen -- track 1, 0:43-1:42]. The conclusion of the Sonata
is a fine demonstration of Pereira's sometimes aggressive tone
[listen -- track 1, 9:14-10:07].
The Requiem is the second and longest piece in the program. Sculthorpe here lowers
the fourth string by a step for even greater richness and the work's six movements include
some of the CD's most affecting moments. The piece features two contrasting harmonic
techniques -- plainchant and the composer's own more passionate style
[listen -- track 5, 0:00-1:13].
In the Sonata and Requiem Sculthorpe manages to create beautiful and coherent
music while at different times reminding me of the solo cello works
of everyone from Bach to Britten.
Copyright © 4 November 2003
Ron Bierman, San Diego, USA