The warm, velvety sound of the Cellos of the BBC Philharmonic is indescribable! Bachís lovely Sarabande floats, said Rostropovich, ëoutside the laws of gravity, appearing to drift in outer spaceí. By contrast, strings of a different nature feature in Brittenís Harp Suite which ends with a set of variations on a Welsh hymn tune. Henzeís ravishing cantata sets words by the French poet Rimbaud and Sibeliusís unique and irresistibly tuneful phantom-waltz, Valse Triste, has been arranged for everything from military band to
solo flute. The two villa-Lobos pieces ñ the most famous being Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 ñ draw on
Brazilian folk idioms, the composer-cellist creating wonderfully rich sonorities.

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