Sony Classical has announced the release of German cellist Raphaela Gromes' new album: Hommage à Rossini.
Recorded with pianist Julian Riem, conductor Enrico Delamboye and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the disc features a selection of new cello, piano and orchestral arrangements of Italian operatic composer Gioachino Rossini's greatest vocal masterworks.
"Ever since my childhood I've always been a huge opera fan ... and the music of Rossini, in particular, always gave me great joy and hope ..." the 28-year-old Munich-native has told The Violin Channel.
"'Une Larme' for cello and piano was our starting point for this album, and then Julian and I set about creating new cello arrangements of our favourite Rossini songs and arias ..." she has said.
"We were particularly excited when during the research process we stumped across the manuscript for 'Hommage à Rossini', written by 19th Century German-French composer and cellist Jacques Offenbach ... it was in scattered fragments with various family members and in archives ... it was like a jigsaw we put together - and we're really proud to present the first ever recording of this amazing new cello piece."
Hommage à Rossini
Raphaela Gromes, Cello
Julian Riem, Piano
Label: Sony Classics
Release Date: November 23, 2018