Essence of Cello
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Cellist Eric Bartlett gives committed performances of works written for him.

This recording of works for cello is special because all of the compositions were written for Eric Bartlett. Music by one of America's most distinguished composers, Hugo Weisgall; two young composers, David Sanford and Peter Susser; as well as the gifted composer Paul Suits, is offered in stunning performances. Each of these composers has, in his own way, found the essence of cello. Eric Bartlett, a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, has also served as principal cellist of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival for 14 years. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts and the Juilliard School, he is the recipient of a Solo Recitalist's Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Paul Suits, composer
Fantasy for cello and piano
Eric Bartlett, cello; Paul Suits, piano

Hugo Weisgall, composer
Arioso and Burlesca for cello and piano
Eric Bartlett, cello; Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Peter Susser, composer
Five Ballads for Solo Cello
Eric Bartlett, cello

David Sanford, composer
22 Part I for cello and piano
Eric Bartlett, cello; Margaret Kampmeier, piano

“Each [piece] is superbly written for the cello purely as an instrument, and each is su-perbly brought to life by [Nathaniel] Bartlett and pianist Margaret Kampmeier; together they use some very attractive new music to suggest a definition of comprehensive cello technique circa 2014.” (Strings

“Bartlett plays all four of these very varied works with authority polish, and lustrous tone …The four composers couldn’t wish for a better presentation of their music.” (American Record Guide))

“…Eric Bartlett is a wonderful cellist, impeccable in every parameter of execution. He tosses off the most technically demanding passages in the present recital with seeming ease, and shapes the more lyrical phrases into precious jewels.” (Fanfare)