In the first session, believe it or not, they played Saint-Saens's The Swan, Rachmaninov's Vocalise, and 'Tonight' from West Side Story, in special arrangements by Richard Balcombe. The return match went for Casals's inspirational Sardana as well as a version of Greensleeves, again conducted by Geoffrey Simon. If the disc is a hit when it comes out at the end of the month - and the sound, at least, ought to be sensational - somebody should try stretching their imaginations for the follow-up. But please, no massed versions of The Protecting Veil.Reuse content
CELLO ensembles are rare enough - but a group of 40? Yesterday it was due to happen for the second time in three months, to top up the contents of a forthcoming CD single from Cala Records. They were the entire cello sections of four of the London orchestras, the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic, RPO and BBC SO. It's a feat of cooperation hard to bring off, given their hectic schedules, not to mention the usual competitive attitudes. The nearest precedent is a recording of Handel's Fireworks Music for massed wind, three decades ago, which had to be scheduled for the middle of the night.