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Kian Soltani|Cello Unlimited

Cello Unlimited

Kian Soltani

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Cellist Kian Soltani is best known as a member of Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and for high-minded solo and chamber music projects with Barenboim and others. With Cello Unlimited, he shifts gears completely with an album of popular film music. The album has scored commercial success in the face of considerable competition in the field, and the reason is that it's a film music album of a thoroughly unusual kind. The arrangements are all by Soltani, and more than that, he performs all the parts, overdubbing his own playing. It's easy to come out with a mechanical sound in this kind of operation, but Soltani sweats the details and produces a kind of melancholy all-cello layer on top of great musical scenes from Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, and others. There are cello solos, but it's not solo-heavy music. Soltani is a charismatic figure who, one might think, would have created this as a star vehicle for himself, but it's not so, at least not in the usual way. He adds a couple of intermezzos of his own composition, and here, the solo cello steps into the spotlight. Sampling Shore's Lord of the Rings tracks will give listeners an idea of how they will react to the whole. The album is not for everybody, but it likely signals Soltani's emergence as an audience favorite.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
Up is Down (From "Pirates of the Caribbean")
00:02:37

Henry Jackman, ComposerLyricist - Hans Zimmer, ComposerLyricist - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
One Day (From "Pirates of the Caribbean")
00:04:05

Henry Jackman, ComposerLyricist - Hans Zimmer, ComposerLyricist - John Sponsler, ComposerLyricist - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Gire, ComposerLyricist - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
Jack Sparrow (From "Pirates of the Caribbean")
00:03:46

Hans Zimmer, ComposerLyricist - KLAUS BADELT, ComposerLyricist - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
Prologue (From "The Lord of the Rings")
00:04:33

Howard Shore, Composer - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Minas Tirith (From "The Lord of the Rings")
00:02:59

Howard Shore, Composer - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Mordor and Isengard (From "The Lord of the Rings")
00:04:24

Howard Shore, Composer - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Memories of Rivendell (From "The Lord of the Rings")
00:04:30

Howard Shore, Composer - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
The Final Battle (From "The Lord of the Rings")
00:03:29

Howard Shore, Composer - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Epilogue. Into the West (From "The Lord of the Rings")
00:04:40

Howard Shore, Composer - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Intermezzo. A Scene from the Past
00:03:42

Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Composer, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Tango (From "Agony")
00:04:09

Alfred Schnittke, Composer - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Main Theme (From "The Bourne Identity")
00:03:35

John Powell, Composer - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
Chevaliers De Sangreal (From "The Da Vinci Code")
00:04:05

Hans Zimmer, ComposerLyricist - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
Love and Death (From "Perfume")
00:04:24

Reinhold Heil, Composer - Johnny Klimek, Composer - Tom Tykwer, Composer - Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
Cello Unlimited
00:05:08

Philip Krause, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kian Soltani, Composer, Producer, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Kowalski, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benedikt Jäger, Assistant Mastering Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album review

Cellist Kian Soltani is best known as a member of Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and for high-minded solo and chamber music projects with Barenboim and others. With Cello Unlimited, he shifts gears completely with an album of popular film music. The album has scored commercial success in the face of considerable competition in the field, and the reason is that it's a film music album of a thoroughly unusual kind. The arrangements are all by Soltani, and more than that, he performs all the parts, overdubbing his own playing. It's easy to come out with a mechanical sound in this kind of operation, but Soltani sweats the details and produces a kind of melancholy all-cello layer on top of great musical scenes from Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, and others. There are cello solos, but it's not solo-heavy music. Soltani is a charismatic figure who, one might think, would have created this as a star vehicle for himself, but it's not so, at least not in the usual way. He adds a couple of intermezzos of his own composition, and here, the solo cello steps into the spotlight. Sampling Shore's Lord of the Rings tracks will give listeners an idea of how they will react to the whole. The album is not for everybody, but it likely signals Soltani's emergence as an audience favorite.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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