Between every of the six Bach cello suites on his new album, German cello virtuoso VC Artist Benedict Kloeckner contains miniature compositions for solo cello that he commissioned from composers throughout six totally different continents beneath the motto “Sounds of Mild.”
The primary disc of the Sounds of Mild album contains Bach’s first three cello suites bookended by José Elizondo’s Unter dem Sternenhimmel des Rheins, Elena Kats-Chernin’s I’m Cello, and Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s Soweto Cello Riffs.
The album’s second disc includes Bach’s cello suites 4 and 5, alongside Eric Tanguy’s In Between, and Geoffrey Gordon’s Nes qu’on porroit. The album concludes with the sixth and last cello suite plus Candy Sweets by Dai Fujikura.
Via the commissions, which correspond with the suites, Benedict aimed to create a dialogue between the previous and new eras of music, bridging three centuries and 6 continents.
Recorded in Fall 2020 on the SWR Studio in Kaiserslautern, Germany, the works on the album, particularly the Bach cello suites, has been a “long-time dream” of Benedict’s to report.
“The dynamic interplay between Bach and this up to date echo could be very attention-grabbing. It provides one thing to each,” he stated in April 2021, based on the press launch.
“The six Bach suites are the core of the repertoire for any cellist, after which working with these nice composers as nicely did one thing to rescue this final tough 12 months [due to the pandemic lockdowns] at the least so far as my temper was involved.”
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A graduate of the Kronberg Academy, Benedict’s mentors included Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, and Martin Ostertag. He’s a former main prize winner on the Emanuel Feuermann and Animato Worldwide Cello Competitions, and recipient of the European Broadcasting Union Award and European Tradition Prize.
He’s the creative director and founding father of the Koblenz Worldwide Music Pageant and not too long ago signed with the Primavera Consulting artist administration company. He at present performs on a 1680 Ruggeri Cello, on beneficiant mortgage from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.