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Sheku Kanneh-Mason|Muse

Muse

Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason

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Despite the Covid pandemic, the Kanneh-Mason siblings probably didn't have too much trouble finding the right partners to make music with. The whole family is bursting with young talent, all seven children are professional classical instrumentalists, and accordingly one imagines the lockdown in the Kanneh-Mason household would've been very musical.
Fortunately, this productivity has also been recorded for all outsiders - at least as far as Isata (piano) and her brother Sheku (cello) are concerned. Both siblings have already been highly praised several times for their solo projects, and now they are releasing their first album together, Muse, as a duo on Decca.


Isata and Sheku have already performed both Rachmaninoff's and Samuel Barber's cello sonatas together in concert around the world. When their tour had to be interrupted in 2020 due to the pandemic, the duo decided to simply move this unique music into a recording studio.
With Barber's Cello Sonata, Op. 6 from the 1930s as well as some arrangements of his songs, the two performers give us a wonderful insight into the still lesser-known repertoire. One quickly gets the impression that it was a great pleasure for both of them to discover the dramatic work and to get to know Barber down to the smallest detail. The highlight of the disc, however, is probably the Rachmaninoff recordings. The wonderful Muza from his 14 Romances, Op. 34 is not only the album's namesake, but also conveys a perfect symbiosis between cello and piano. Without relegating either instrument to the background, the performers rather get the best out of the other. This becomes even clearer in the Cello Sonata, Op. 19, which the composer himself describes as an equal work between piano and cello. Although Rachmaninoff did not stray too often into chamber music, Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason manage to elevate it to one of his supreme disciplines. A family project that is more than successful. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

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Cello Sonata, Op. 6 (Samuel Barber)

1
I. Allegro ma non troppo
00:06:51

Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel Barber, Composer - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
II. Adagio - Presto
00:04:12

Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel Barber, Composer - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
III. Allegro appassionato
00:05:41

Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel Barber, Composer - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Barber: There's Nae Lark (Arr. Parkin for Cello and Piano)
00:01:23

Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel Barber, Composer - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Parkin, Arranger, Work Arranger - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Barber: A Slumber Song of the Madonna (Arr. Parkin for Cello and Piano)
00:01:41

Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel Barber, Composer - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Parkin, Arranger, Work Arranger - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Barber: With Rue My Heart Is Laden, Op. 2 No. 2 (Arr. Parkin for Cello and Piano)
00:01:10

Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel Barber, Composer - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Parkin, Arranger, Work Arranger - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Barber: Sure on This Shining Night, Op. 13 No. 3 (Arr. Parkin for Cello and Piano)
00:02:10

Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel Barber, Composer - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Parkin, Arranger, Work Arranger - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

14 Romances, op. 34 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

8
No. 7, It Cannot Be! (Arr. Sheku Kanneh-Mason for Cello and Piano)
00:01:45

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Apollon Nikolaievitch Maikov, Author - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

12 Romances, op. 21 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

9
No. 7, How Fair This Spot (Arr. Sheku Kanneh-Mason for Cello and Piano)
00:01:49

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glafira Galina, Author - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

14 Romances, op. 34 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

10
No. 1, The Muse (Arr. Sheku Kanneh-Mason for Cello and Piano)
00:04:37

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleksandr Pushkin, Author - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

11
I. Lento - Allegro moderato
00:12:59

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

12
II. Allegro scherzando
00:06:03

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

13
III. Andante
00:05:34

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

14
IV. Allegro mosso
00:10:55

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Jonathan Allen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Rogers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Despite the Covid pandemic, the Kanneh-Mason siblings probably didn't have too much trouble finding the right partners to make music with. The whole family is bursting with young talent, all seven children are professional classical instrumentalists, and accordingly one imagines the lockdown in the Kanneh-Mason household would've been very musical.
Fortunately, this productivity has also been recorded for all outsiders - at least as far as Isata (piano) and her brother Sheku (cello) are concerned. Both siblings have already been highly praised several times for their solo projects, and now they are releasing their first album together, Muse, as a duo on Decca.


Isata and Sheku have already performed both Rachmaninoff's and Samuel Barber's cello sonatas together in concert around the world. When their tour had to be interrupted in 2020 due to the pandemic, the duo decided to simply move this unique music into a recording studio.
With Barber's Cello Sonata, Op. 6 from the 1930s as well as some arrangements of his songs, the two performers give us a wonderful insight into the still lesser-known repertoire. One quickly gets the impression that it was a great pleasure for both of them to discover the dramatic work and to get to know Barber down to the smallest detail. The highlight of the disc, however, is probably the Rachmaninoff recordings. The wonderful Muza from his 14 Romances, Op. 34 is not only the album's namesake, but also conveys a perfect symbiosis between cello and piano. Without relegating either instrument to the background, the performers rather get the best out of the other. This becomes even clearer in the Cello Sonata, Op. 19, which the composer himself describes as an equal work between piano and cello. Although Rachmaninoff did not stray too often into chamber music, Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason manage to elevate it to one of his supreme disciplines. A family project that is more than successful. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

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