Matthew Barley/Cellist

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.

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Around Britten CD

SIGCD318A defining statement in modern cello-playing’ Sinfini *****

My new CD is out – of course it is centred around Britten (the 3rd solo suite), and also features beautiful solo works by John Tavener and Gavin Bryars (this last one is the first recording of the piece), and an improvisation, all recorded in Canterbury Cathedral. I’ve also put on some arrangements of Britten songs that I made for multiple cellos, multi-tracked in my home studio including Since She Whom I Loved which is from Britten song cycle The Holy Sonnets of John Donne. It’s got to be one of the most intimate and moving songs ever written and I think it works really well on cello. I’m happy with it – more so than usual for my recordings, which are sometimes hard to listen to! And it’s great to have the disc out to coincide with my tour – here are a few reviews…on the new Sinfini website and on Amazon (where you can also buy it) and Presto News

Watch the making of my Around Britten CD below, recording in the dead of night in Canterbury Cathedral (super-exciting!), and multi-tracking Britten songs at home. Alternatively, click here to watch it on YouTube.