cr 008: Katharina Gross (cello) plays works by Raphaël Languillat, Jakhongir Shukur, Johannes Kretz, Seung-Won Oh, Christopher Wood and Veronika Simor.
cellomondo: the excitement of moving through a multitude of sound worlds, of music from all around the globe. To learn the mother tongue of many composers and to tell their stories to the audience.
From each country, a composer and one of his/her composition students write a cello solo piece for Katharina Gross, with or without electronics. In the range of pieces created by all those composers, the richness of their individual background as well as the expressive power of the cello are used to their full extent.
More infos about the project: cellomondo.net
Katharina Gross performs worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. She is prizewinner of several international competitions and studied in Lübeck, Cologne and Manchester. Based on a sense of tradition, Katharina breaks out of musical borders and sets up inventive projects in which she fuses a variety of disciplines, materials and people. The result is refreshing and full of spirit.
cr 007: Katharina Gross (cello) and Luca Lucini (guitar) play works by Alan Thomas, Radames Gnattali, Arnold Marinissen, Matteo Falloni und Manuel de Falla.
“Het debuut-album van Duo Gross & Lucini is een bijzondere CD met composities voor de klassieke muziekliefhebber, maar ook voor degene die houdt van wereld- en moderne muziek. Daarmee wordt 14 Jewels zeer toegankelijk voor een breed publiek! ”
(Mattie Poels/Music Frames)
Duo Gross & Lucini sets their 10 strings in motion, and their audiences as well. Their repertoire ranges from Spanish temperament, folklore from the Balkans, the melancholia of the Argentinean Tango to Brazilian Berimbau rhythms.
Luca Lucini and Katharina Gross studied with renowned teachers at the Conservatories of Cologne, Manchester and Cremona. Both are prizewinners of several international competitions and appear as soloists and chamber musicians in concert series and festivals worldwide.
cr 006: songs from the Cello Songbook by Arnold Marinissen & Katharina Gross
Katharina Gross and her 200 year old Italian cello turn into a one-woman band. Together with composer Arnold Marinissen, Katharina creats the Cello Songbook, music for cello (layered and looped) and voice. Everything you hear is played and sung by her, and recorded and produced by Arnold.
cr 005: sonata for cello solo by Zoltán Kodály
Kodály’s Sonata is arguably one of the most prominent works for solo cello written since Bach's Cello Suites. This large scale work shows Kodály’s love for instrumental virtuosity as well as influences of Debussy, Bartók and Hungarian folk music. Katharina Gross performs worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. She is prizewinner of several international competitions and studied in Lübeck, Cologne and Manchester. Based on a sense of tradition, Katharina breaks out of musical borders and sets up inventive projects in which she fuses a variety of disciplines, materials and people. The result is refreshing and full of spirit.
cr 003: works for cello solo by Ligeti, Harvey and Cassadó
Jonathan Harvey about Katharina Gross’ recording of his work Ricercare Una Melodia: „This is one of the best I've heard - beautifully judged, exquisitely played.“
Gaspar Cassado’s Suite has its roots in the Spanish folklore. Cassado was a very good cellist himself, which explains how well and technically demanding the suite is written for the instrument. Jonathan Harvey’s Ricercare una Melodia uses tape delay in order to transform a work for cello solo into an intricate and mysterious canon. By using octave transpositions in combination with the delay, a fascinating range of sounds is wormed out of the cello. The cello solo sonata by György Ligeti was written between 1948 and 1953 and belongs to Ligeti's early works. The slow first movement and the virtuosic second movement look back on the style of Ligeti’s composition teacher Kodály as well on the music of Bela Bartok.