Tall Poppies is proud to release David Berlin’s debut recital CD, featuring some of the gems of 20th century cello repertoire. The Barber and Debussy sonatas are among the masterpieces for the instrument and the Bloch, Falla and Granados works are often heard in cello recitals.Here is a chance to hear one of Melbourne’s best musicians as a soloist. David Berlin is well-known to Australian audiences as Principal Cello of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years, and plays chamber music regularly in a variey of contexts.Len Vorster is a Melbourne-based pianist/accompanist who teaches at Melbourne and Monash Universities and founded the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. He and David have worked together on many occasions.The recording was made in Melbourne at the National Academy of Music and was recorded by producer Peter Taplin.
Posted by Unknown on 29th Nov 2011
The strong contrast in compositional styles helps to make this excellent collection a delight. David Berlin and Len Vorster deliver the music superbly, with dazzling playing of the highest order. Along with Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber was the composer who did the most to secure the place of American composition during the middle of the 20th century. His award-winning Cello Sonata is a compelling work in which his musical ideas are strong and well presented. The effective contrast with Bloch's From Jewish Life (1924) is dramatic. This is Jewish music par excellence, and its distinctive character, the voice of the cantor, resonates throughout the work. In Suite populaire espagnole by Manuel de Falla, we have another strong contrast with the other works. After the troubled voice of Bloch's cantor, the sunny, invigorating music of Spain is dramatic. The six sections of the work run the gamut of the composer's accessible style. Staying In Spain, Madrigal (1915) by Enrique Granados, has more in common with Bloch's piece. Based on one of his songs, it is a passionately wrought aria for cello. It was also one of the last things he wrote before he drowned. Toward the end of Debussy's life, the composer tried to re-establish a Iink back to classical French composition. One work exploring this theme was the Cello Sonata - an energetic piece in which you will look in vain for the Debussy of Prélude a l'après-midi d'un faune. It requires great technical skill and these performers come through with flying colours.
JM Limelight June 2011