Editors’ Notes Cellist Camille Thomas’ program of beautiful cello arrangements invites us to find hope amid uncertainty, to see light in the darkness. From Purcell’s grief-stricken “When I Am Laid in Earth” to Bruch’s yearning “Kol Nidrei” and Dvořák’s nostalgic “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” Thomas finds beauty deep within pain. But in Donizetti, she celebrates the power of love, in Wagner gentleness, and in Mozart steadfastness. Fazil Say’s 2017 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, “Never Give Up”, a musical response to the terrorist attacks in Paris and Istanbul, is searing and often upsetting, cello flowing like tears, orchestra twisted, demented. Birds bring peace, at last, to a modern masterpiece that confronts anguish and distress with strength and optimism.

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Deux mélodies hébraïques, M. A22: 1. Kaddisch (Transcr. for Cello and Orchestra by Richard Tognetti)
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Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30, Act II: Dance Of The Blessed Spirits (Arr. for Cello and Strings by Mathieu Herzog)
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Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: "When I Am Laid in Earth" Dido's Lamento (Arr. for Cello and Strings by Mathieu Herzog)
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Concerto for Cello and Orchestra "Never Give Up", Op. 73
I. Never Give Up
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II. Terror - Elegy
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III. Song of Hope
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"Kol Nidrei" Adagio for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47
I. Adagio ma non troppo
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II. Un poco più animato
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Wesendonck-Lieder, WWV 91: 5. Träume (Arr. for Cello and Orchestra by Mathieu Herzog)
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Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55, B. 104: 4. Songs My Mother Taught Me (Adapt. for Cello and Orchestra)
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Theme From "Schindler's List" (Adapt. for Cello and Orchestra)
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Werther, Act III: "Pourquoi me réveiller" (Adapt. for Cello and Orchestra)
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L'elisir d'amore, Act II: "Una furtiva lagrima" (Adapt. for Cello and Orchestra)
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Norma, Act I: "Casta Diva" (Arr. for Cello and Orchestra by Mathieu Herzog)
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Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act I: "Dalla sua pace" (Adapt. for Cello and Orchestra)
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Nabucco, Act III: "Va, pensiero" (Arr. for Cello and Orchestra by Mathieu Herzog)
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