Tecchler’s Cello: from Cambridge to Rome (Download)


Guy Johnston cello
Tom Poster piano
Magnus Johnston violin
Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello

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

The Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia
Directed by Carlo Rizzari

Released 8 September 2017.


 Available as a cd

“Johnston offers a stunning tour-de-force. Imaginatively conceived and beautifully performed, this disc is a winner.”  Classical 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
2 David Matthews Ein Celloleben 05:04
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in D major, Op.70, No.1 “Ghost”
3   I. Allegro vivace e con brio 10:25
4   II. Largo assai ed espressivo 10:50
5   III. Presto 07:48
6 Mark Simpson Un Regalo 06:43
Jean-Baptiste Barrière 

Six Cello Sonatas, Book 4, Sonata for Two Cellos in G Major, No. 4

7   I. Andante 04:35
8   II. Adagio 02:34
9   III. Allegro prestissimo 02:25
10 Charlotte Bray Perseus 08:25
11 Ottorino Respighi Adagio con Variazioni, P.133 12:06
 Total playing time 76:26

Tecchler's Cello Booklet

Recorded at 96kHz/48kHz* 24-bit PCM in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, Wigmore Hall, Hatfield House, Royal Academy of Music & Accademia di Santa Cecilia.

Producers  Andrew Keener, Benjamin Sheen**
Recording Engineer  Simon Eadon
Editing  Phil Rowlands, Benjamin Sheen**
Engineer Assistants  Robin Hawkins***, Luca Padovana* & Giacomo De Caterini*
Mixing Phil Rowlands & Andrew Keener, Benjamin Sheen**
Mastering Phil Rowlands

* Track 11
** Track 1
*** Tracks 8-10