Susanne Beer is one of the UK’s leading orchestral cellists and here makes her debut solo album with the extremely talented pianist Gareth Hancock. Diverse works, yet bound in commonality by the cello’s voice-like quality and ability to convey emotion and mood.
“Beer has a warm, pliable tone that is fully alive to the wit and dynamic shading of Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne and Debussy sonata” ***
“Very interesting and pleasing disc... all in all, this is a thoroughly enjoyable disc from beginning to end”
Recording of the Month
“This disc contains some of the finest, and strongest, most purposeful, cello playing I’ve heard in a long time. Indeed so forthright is the playing, and so intense her interpretations, that I was immediately reminded o f the young Jacqueline du Pré. Ms Beer can stand that extravagant comment for she proves it with every note she plays .It was a real pleasure to report on this disc for everything about it – performance, recording etc. – commands our attention. Susanne Beer is a fine artist and we should hear much more of her.”
Bob Briggs - MusicWebInternational.com