Ola Gjeilo: Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium) (Download)


Guy Johnston cello
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Directed by Stephen Cleobury

Released 4 May 2017

Download this track free today when pre-ordering Tecchler’s Cello.

SKU: KGS0027

Ola Gjeilo’s stunningly beautiful Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium) from the album Tecchler’s Cello: from Cambridge to Rome available to download as a single. Also available as a free download when pre-ordering the album. Features The Choir of King’s College Cambridge and Guy Johnston, recorded in King’s College Chapel.

“Guy Johnston’s playing is searchingly beautiful…” BBC Music Magazine

One of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation, Guy Johnston was born into an artistic family. He began his musical journey as a chorister by joining his brothers in the world-renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, under the tutelage of Stephen Cleobury. He went on to achieve early success through the BBC Young Musician of the Year title, the Guilhemina Suggia Gift, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award, as well as receiving a Classical Brit Award at the Royal Albert Hall.

Guy now plays a 1714 Tecchler cello, and in its third centenary he set out to celebrate the life of the instrument and its creator, commissioning a number of new works. He explains:

‘I began to ask myself lots of questions – How did David Tecchler end up settling in Rome, who was he making cellos for, and how did this cello come into my hands? What is my journey and role as a cellist in the 21st century? I decided to mark this anniversary by commissioning three works as gifts for the cello by celebrated British composers David Matthews, Mark Simpson and Charlotte Bray. I asked them to think of the role of the cello in the last three centuries and to let their imagination run wild.’

Guy’s inspiration then led him to Italy, taking his cello back home  to get to the root of some of these questions. Joined by friends from both countries, recorded at locations close to his heart, and featuring works from across his cello’s 300 years, this album traces that musical journey, from Cambridge to Rome.

1 Ola Gjeilo Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium) 05:31

Recorded at 96kHz 24-bit PCM in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, 21 June 2016.

Producer Benjamin Sheen
Recording Engineer  Simon Eadon
Editing  Benjamin Sheen
Mixing Benjamin Sheen
Mastering Phil Rowlands

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