Natalie Clein's live concert recording of Haydn cello concertos released by Oehms

15 May 2020

Natalie Clein's latest concerto disc of Haydn's cello concertos is released in May 2020.

Recorded live in concert in 2017 with the recreation - Grosses Orchester Graz and conducted by Michael Hofstetter, the recording remains true to Haydn's sound world:

"Only two authentic cello concertos by Joseph Haydn have survived: the first in C major, composed in the convoluted manner of the early 1760s, and the second in D major in the classical style of the 1780s. This live concert recording featuring Natalie Clein and the recreation - Großes Orchester Graz under the direction of Michael Hofstetter immerses the listener in the soundscape of the Haydn period. Playing on a 1777 Guadagnini, Natalie Clein decided to reflect the spirit of Haydn's sound world by playing on gut strings rather than steel. She also chose to use a lighter bow than usual. She improvised the cadenzas, which is entirely in keeping with the performance practice of Haydn's time. In doing so, this recording melds both historical and living performance practices."

This new release on Oehms follows several successful recordings released in 2019 - her Hyperion recording of works by Bridge, Clarke and Vaughan Williams with Christian Ihle Hadland was toured in recital form across Australia with Musica Viva in February 2019, and was reviewed as "an astounding, boundless performance, worth its weight in gold".

She also released a version of Beethoven's Triple Concerto for Laurence Equilbey's Insula Orchestra on Warner Classics - Erato Records in April 2019, again playing on gut strings alongside the orchestra's period instruments, and performing the work live at the Barbican London, La Seine Musicale in Paris and Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence.

In September 2019, her recording of Dobrinka Tabakova's On the South Downs was released on Regent Records, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra under the direction of Christopher Gray at Truro Cathedral, ten years after Natalie gave the world premiere of the piece.

For more information on Natalie's latest disc, click here.

To order a copy and listen to extracts, click here.

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