Allen Shawn: Cello Music

Maxine Neuman & Allen Shawn, Maxine Neuman, Allen Shawn, Bennington Cello Quartet, Duo Cellissimo

Catalog #: TROY1626
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Format: Digital

The fifth recording on Albany Records devoted to the music of Allen Shawn features his compositions for cello and includes works for cello duo, cello quartet, and cello and piano. Shawn attributes this recording to the influence of hearing cellist Maxine Neuman perform and her enthusiasm for contemporary music. Neuman participated in the world premiere performances of all of the works on the recording and all but one were composed specifically for her. Born in 1948, Allen Shawn grew up in a literary family. He has been on the faculty at Bennington College for 30 years. He is also an active pianist and the author of four books. He has been a recipient of both a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Suite for Cello Quartet Allen Shawn Bennington Cello Quartet
Blues and Boogie Allen Shawn Maxine Neuman, cello; Allen Shawn, piano
Three Pieces for Cello and Piano Allen Shawn Maxine Neuman, cello; Allen Shawn, piano
Five Miniatures Allen Shawn Duo Cellissimo
Serenade Allen Shawn Maxine Neuman, cello; Allen Shawn, piano


  • "These compositions are all for cello and cellos and are fine listening, dramatic and lyrical by turns. Shawn is a composer with imagination and feeling, covering the gamut of styles from lyrical to classical to jazz. this is a well played and well recorded collection of some really fine music for cello(s)"

    – American Record Guide

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