Antonio Meneses delivers a “sweetly lyrical cello tone” on his new CD for Avie

11 June 2015

Cello virtuosity reigns on Capriccioso, the new album Antonio Meneses. He harkens back to his predecessors – a quartet of European cellists who composed dazzling works for their own instrument. At the heart of the album are 12 Caprices by 19th century Italian cellist Carlo Alfredo Piatti, as well as his Capriccio sopra un tema della Niobe Di Pacini (Caprice on a Theme from Pacini’s “Niobe”). Meneses adds the Bohemian-born David Popper’s Etude No. 29, and bookends the album with etudes by the French brothers Jean-Louis and Jean-Pierre Duport.

Caroline Gill of Gramophone Magazine says that “…the depth of tone and colour makes Meneses’s survey an excellent reference. […] His performance is informed by the same spirit as the contrasting and thoughtful Ysaye unaccompanied violin sonatas, and creates music out of studies in virtuosity that is a perennial challenge for all musicians. […] His many facets as a musician have been emblazoned across his commanding recording of the Bach Suites and the poetic phrasing in his Haydn: here […]  he manages to maintain a thoughtful elegance and unfussy control that brings out the innate beauty of the music at the same time as displaying the multifarious elements of his own artistry.”

Michael Dervan of The Irish Times praises Meneses’ “passionate advocacy and beautiful, soft-grained tone”.

Gary Lemco of Audiophile Audition says that Meneses “revitalizes what has been dismissed as ‘mere’ competition repertory – music by Jean-Louis Duport, Jean-Pierre Duport, Alfredo Piatti, and David Popper – in order to grant these works well-deserved status in the history of Romantic cello composition”.  This “highly personal disc” has caprices which are delivered with a “sweetly lyrical cello tone”.

For more information on this CD please visit Avie Records’ website here.

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