...Earth and Air played with entrancing color throughout.
...the group played with an admirable cohesion and rhythmic precision.
The performance was wonderful — Ellis and friends clearly put a lot of work into this fiendishly difficult music. When they bowed close to the bridge, it was delightfully creepy, emphasizing the dissonant soundscape as though with an icy highlighter. The dense, constantly changing texture kept emotions high, even in moments of calm. The overall effect in Berg’s two movements was of a continuous storm, and these musicians buffeted the air beautifully.
Sords was technically brilliant, playing with plenty of panache, while Ellis's phrasing was spot-on.
Ellis was clearly having fun with the piece, and the players responded in kind......
the two soloists performed with a musical sophistication to their performance that many musicians can only hope to achieve.....
The opening movement immediately revealed Earth and Air’s warm, resonant, and unforced tone. They played with lush vibrato — lithe and supple — with just the right amount of sentimentality.
Announcing a Special 2 Part Concert
Thankfulness in Solitude and
Thankfulness in Solitude: Music for Home
with our own David Ellis performing solo cello
Featuring works by area composers
and Ryan Ramer
Behind-the-scenes conversations between David and each composer
November 16th, 2020 Premier
and for a limited time afterwards
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Thankfulness in Solitude and Thankfulness in Solitude: Music for Home
David Ellis, solo cello
Filmed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights (Thankfulness in Solitude)
Recording Engineer: Paul Eachus
Director: Mathias Reed
Cinematographer: Robert Reiland
Special Thanks to our generous donors and to Cuyahoga Arts and Culture without whose support this concert would not be possible.
This concert is performed in memory of David's father
Lloyd H. (Sandy) Ellis, Jr.
April 7, 1936 - November 17, 2019