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David W Moore
American Record Guide, March 2014

The Lloyd Webbers work very well together, their tones blending not only in sound but in speed of vibrato. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Janet Banks
The Strad, January 2014

There’s nothing quite like the mellifluous tones of two cellos playing in harmony…In 21 short arrangements, all but one by Julian Lloyd Webber, he and his wife Jiaxin…prove their innate musical chemistry in a whole bevy of two-part pieces.

…enjoyment there is aplenty among the gracefully flowing lines of pieces like Saint-Saëns’s Ave Maria, the soaring melody of Hahn’s Si mes vers avaient des ailes, the sad Piazzolla waltz, full of feeling, and the gentle lilt of William Lloyd Webber’s Moon Silver, with the two cellists moving as one, their skilfully combined sound enhanced by the limpidly clear recording. The harp comes into its own in Holst’s Hymn to the Dawn, where the Lloyd Webbers are joined by two former BBC Young Musician winners, the four cellos perfectly blended in a track of rare beauty. © 2014 The Strad Read complete review



Rick Jones
Words and Music, December 2013

Disc of the Day

The cello duo Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber present on this Naxos disc their engaging recital programme more or less from Cadogan Hall…Mostly they play in soothing thirds and sixths, as in the opener Schubert’s Ave Maria where they mollify the song’s regret. They play the Tune-A-Day hit Sweet and Low with lulling beautiful tone. Harpist Catrin Finch plays the accompaniment in the Dolorosa from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and cellist Guy Johnston in the Monteverdi madrigal Interotte speranza, giving us the burning vibrancy of three cellos and harp in the most exquisite of Baroque dissonances. Loveliest though comes last in Arvo Paert’s Estonian Lullaby which stutters, starts and ends mid-phrase like one nodding off… © 2013 Words and Music Read complete review



Ivan March
Gramophone, December 2013

This is expressly a CD for those who enjoy a pair of cellos, beautifully played and blended together in slow lyrical tunes, with a stylish piano accompaniment…I especially enjoyed Greensleeves in Quilter’s version, and the beautiful cello timbre in Pergolesi’s lovely Dolorosa. Dvoƙák’s Autumn Lament and Schumann’s Summer Calm are also quite haunting. So with Julian Lloyd Webber at the helm, you may enjoy many more of these arrangements… © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



BBC Music Magazine, December 2013

Barnaby’s Victorian part song ‘Sweet and Low’ shrugs off its dust to charm us, while William Lloyd Webber’s ‘Moon Silver’ is almost haunting. © BBC Music Magazine




James Manheim
Allmusic.com, November 2013

…this Naxos release gives an idea of why his performer [Julian Lloyd Webber] is so well loved on his home turf. The presence of his wife, cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, is certainly part of the charm; the pair have undeniable rapport. Beyond that is the program, which resembles the crowd-pleasers of old. …Lloyd Webber creates a pleasing selection of works that are brought together by their duo-harmony aspect while not losing their stylistic origins. …in general the selections…are a very pretty lot: a few of them you’ll have shadowy recollections of, but not a one is hackneyed, and the whole is instantly grasped. Just a lovely choice for lyrical listening. © 2013 Allmusic.com Read complete review




Julian Haylock
Sinfini Music, October 2013

The original repertoire for two cellos is hardly awash with masterpieces, so Julian Lloyd Webber’s skilled transcriptions of (mostly vocal) pieces are especially welcome.

…this inspired, captivatingly played collection represents the perfect musical antidote for all those long winter evenings ahead. © Sinfini Music Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2013

The UK’s best-known cellist, Julian Lloyd Webber is joined by his wife, Jiaxin, in his arrangements of beautiful melodies for two cellos and piano. From the popular sounds of Greensleeves, as used by Roger Quilter in My Lady, to Monteverdi’s seldom heard Interrotte speranze he has created a disc of relaxation bathed in the gorgeous sounds produced by the cellists and Julian’s long standing accompanist, John Lenehan. Picking out my favourite tracks, the format works perfectly for the Prelude to Shostakovich’s The Gadfly, and with together with Catrin Finch’s harp turns Pergolesi’s Dolorosa into one of those haunting sounds so beloved of today’s composers. There is particularly a pleasing moment when they are joined by the fifteen-year-old ‘2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year’, Laura van der Heijden in Holst’s Hymn to the Dawn. Bringing the selection into modern times, the disc ends with Arvo Part’s Estonian Lullaby. An essential disc for relaxing moments. © David’s Review Corner



Em Marshall-Luck
Albion Magazine Online, October 2013

Although this disc only contains a handful of works by British composers, it nevertheless demands a mention for the beauty of the playing featured in these recordings. The disc ranges from Monteverdi and Pergolesi through to Saint-Saens and Rachmaninov in a rather charming programme that is overall very convincing. The first English piece we come across is Holst’s Hymn to the Dawn from the Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, arranged for four cellos and harp by Julian Lloyd Webber, which succeeds spectacularly. Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber are here joined by Guy Johnston and Laura van der Heijden (cellos) and Catrin Finch. Roger Quilter’s My Lady Greensleeves follows in a particularly rich and sonorous rendition. William Lloyd Webber’s Moon Silver is rather lovely, as is the atmospheric version of Purcell’s Lost is My Quiet For Ever, while Joseph Barnby’s Sweet and Low starts to bring the disc to a gentle, yet enchanting close. It is followed by Quilter’s Summer Sunset, which is the penultimate track (before the disc is finally brought to a lilting finish with Arvo Pärt’s much-loved Estonian Lullaby). © 2013 Albion Magazine Online






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