The Violin Channel recently caught up with British cellist and Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Mr Julian Lloyd Webber – for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads.
We sat him down to pick his brain on which 5 CD recordings he would take with him to a deserted island – and how the tracks have helped shape him as a musician.
“For me Mstislav Rostropovich was the greatest cellist who ever lived … I love the way he cajoled so many composers into writing new works for the instrument!
I’m cheating a bit (actually a lot!) here by choosing this extraordinary box set … essential for anyone who loves string playing”
Mstislav Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century
The Complete Warner Recordings
Label: Warner Classics
Release Date: March 24, 2017
“Since I was forced to stop playing myself, due to a medical injury which weakened the power in my bowing arm, I’ve taken to conducting – and at last I have had the chance to interpret some Mozart!
I loved working as a soloist with Neville Marriner … we did a lot together and he was always supremely musical and attentive.
His Mozart was amongst the first to break the mould of heavy-handed symphony orchestra (rather than chamber orchestra) interpretations … he brought a lightness of touch – often choosing fast tempos – which was a breath of fresh air”
Marriner Dirigiert Mozart
Sir Neville Marriner
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Release Date: September 30, 2011
“Menuhin was another musician I loved working with … we toured with the Elgar Cello concerto across the world and every performance felt natural and different.
As a former string player himself I found that he was alert to my every nuance of bowing and fingering – I could relax and he would always be following.
I am pleased to report that Menuhin was also the most lovely man – not always the case with high-flying conductors!”
Elgar: Cello Concerto / Enigma Variations
Julian Lloyd Webber, Cello
Sir Yehudi Menuhin
Label: Polygram Classics / Philips
Release Date: January 1, 2002
Brahms Violin Sonatas
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Yuja Wang, piano
Release Date: April 15, 2014
The Absolute Essential
3 CD Collection
Label: Big 3
Release Date: April 1, 2016