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Ovidiu Marinescu: The Cellist on Making the World-Premiere Recordings of Eight Cello Pieces for His CD 'Moto Perpetuo'

Magazine article Gramophone

Ovidiu Marinescu: The Cellist on Making the World-Premiere Recordings of Eight Cello Pieces for His CD 'Moto Perpetuo'

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How did you choose what to record?

I approached the label with the concept of recording new music for cello, or for cello in partnership with other instruments. In conjunction with the recording was to be a set of live performances--the highlight will be a Carnegie Hall concert on October 15. So we put a call out for composers, and we received various submissions. We chose music that we liked, and that we believed was good. This presented an initial challenge though--how were we going to present a unified disc of music that is so varied? But I think the average listener today is very divergent, and so this disc has a little bit for everybody. It introduces sweet and sour, hot and cold, in such an organic way that listeners might be introduced to new music and find they like it.

All the composers are American, bar one ...

Andrew March is from the UK and he wrote Three Pieces for solo cello particularly for me. My Bach Cello Suites recording inspired him to write music for cello with me in mind and he sent a movement to the label. …

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