British Cello Music
Julian Lloyd Webber has never been content to plough the furrow of basic cello repertoire either in the concert hall or on record. In the particular area of British music he: has achieved some notable first recordings, and here is a collection which includes four substantial novelties.
The most recent of these is Malcolm Arnold's
. The admirable John McCabe joins Lloyd Webber in Rawsthorne's Cello Sonata, cast in the traditional three-movement form. This is perhaps the most impressive work on the record, rich in imagination and invention, but with a certain quality of turbulence and darkness one doesn't quite associate with this composer's personality. Ireland's simple yet affecting little carol makes an effective pendant to the Rawsthorne work.
Lloyd Webber plays this programme with his usual insight and total commitment, and if the playing time is short the recording quality is quite outstanding in its richness and presence.'