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Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, July 2015

…the brilliant Julian Lloyd Webber…along with partner Jiaxin Lloyd and the European Union Chamber Orchestra…imbue the selections with ineffable vigor. © 2015 Scene Magazine Read complete review



Julian Haylock
International Record Review, March 2015

There is an affectionate warmth and radiant bravado that may feel like a throwback to the expressive rhetoric of a bygone age, yet it is also a poignant reminder of how much one often misses in terms of emotional narrative from cutting-edge authenticism. © 2015 International Record Review



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, March 2015

The Lloyd Webbers—Julian and wife Jiaxin—are of course well-known cellists who play these arrangements with a good deal of zing, zip, and zest. Listening to Vivaldi is always fun and refreshing… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Janet Banks
The Strad, January 2015

…an attractive recording—you sense the enjoyment of the pair in playing such intricate music together, and the orchestral playing is lively and neat…The effect of two cellos imitating mandolins or horns is pleasing… © 2015 The Strad Read complete review



David R. Dunsmore
MusicWeb International, January 2015

The playing, throughout, is very accomplished and sensitive and very well captured by the engineers.

This is undoubtedly a successful disc which will appeal to many… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David W. Moore
American Record Guide, January 2015

Julian Lloyd Webber is a well-known and oft-recorded cellist. Jiaxin works well with him; they play with warmth and are recorded with good balances and clarity. The works are arranged with respect for their original forms, and the Piazzolla movement gives a melodic lyricism to the solo lines not easily attained by the original instrumentation. This is a listener-friendly release for people interested in this talented family. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, December 2014

…there’s a light-hearted feel to the performances and the recordings, and excellent playing by all concerned. It sounds like it must have been great fun to do; it’s certainly great fun to listen to. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), November 2014

The first arranger of Vivaldi’s concertos was Vivaldi himself, and Julian Lloyd Webber’s new versions on this recording reflect the composer’s pragmatic attitude and zest for experiment. Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor, RV 531, is his only original concerto for two cellos. Alongside this appear works both popular and recently discovered, the mercurial moods of the cellos representing instruments from mandolins to hunting horns. © 2014 WFMT (Chichago)



Infodad.com, November 2014

Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber…give a fine performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos, RV 531[they] get able backing from the European Union Chamber Orchestra under Hans-Peter Hofmann, and the disc will be of interest to listeners who want to hear some fine cello performances… © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review



Classic FM, November 2014

Classic FM’s Albums of the Year 2014: # 20

Kicking off our 2014 top 20, it’s a poignant release for cellist Julian Lloyd Webber (duetting with his wife), who announced his retirement from performance due to a nagging shoulder injury. This recording, sprightly and full of life, shows that his leaving the industry came very much too soon. © 2014 Classic FM



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2014

Vivaldi looking to increase his income often transcribed his works for various instruments, Julian Lloyd Webber adding to the list of concertos for two cellos, Vivaldi wrote just one original work for that combination of soloists with a concerto in G minor (RV 531), the remainder of the disc beginning life as concertos for a very diverse grouping of soloists including a mandolin duo, two horns and the unlikely pairing of oboe and bassoon. Yet so skilfully transcribed by Lloyd Webber, I am sure that, except to Vivaldi diehards, they would pass off as totally authentic originals. Of course, it is said that once you have heard a Vivaldi concerto you have heard them all. That is cruel, though they were all very much written to the same formula: a meaty opening; a gentle lyrical central movement, and a fast and virtuoso finale to create a feel-good factor. That certainly does help when making such arrangements, though transposing and lightening cello textures for such concertos as the one for two mandolins has been beautifully handled. Truth to tell I have not been able to check every note of the orchestral accompaniments to ascertain whether Lloyd Webber has also made amendments there, though they are often no more than a functional backdrop. They are performed by the husband of wife duo of Julian andand Jiaxin Lloyd Webber who work admirably together, and are particularly successful in the lyrical aspects of the concertos. They have the very fine European Chamber Orchestra in a perfectly weighted partnership, the two cellos placed well forward but never dominating. As an encore they add the Milonga transcribed from Piazzolla’s Concerto for Bandoneon and Guitar. Very good sound. © 2014 David’s Review Corner




The Mail on Sunday, September 2014

…some fine playing by the Lloyd Webbers, tinged with sadness that this is the final fruit of Julian’s long and distinguished career. © 2014 The Mail on Sunday



Classic FM, September 2014

The Lloyd Webbers’ last album release together was the highly successful A Tale of Two Cellos…Here they continue to demonstrate their musical as well as personal chemistry with works by Vivaldi.

…this album displays musicianship of the highest order and is a fitting farewell to a great player. © 2014 Classic FM Read complete review





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