Decca Records has this week announced the release of British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason‘s new album: ‘Elgar’.

Recorded with conductor Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, the disc features the Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor, Frank Bridge’s ‘4 Short Pieces‘, Ernest Bloch’s ‘Prelude‘ and ‘From Jewish Life‘, Gabriel Faure’s ‘Elegie‘, Julius Klengel’s ‘Hymnus‘ – plus a number of new cello arrangements of Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations‘ and ‘Romance‘ and the traditional folk songs ‘Scarborough Fair‘ and ‘Blow the Wind Southerly‘.

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“The main piece on the album is Elgar’s Cello Concerto, which I grew up listening to a lot … it has always been one of my favorite pieces of music, so it was was such a privilege to record …” Sheku has told The Violin Channel.

“I wanted to also record pieces around it that relate to the Concerto – by either also being written by Elgar, or being by British composers, or written around a similar time … or simply sharing a mood or theme …” the 20-year-old 2016 ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year‘ has said.

“But essentially it’s just pieces I really love.”


Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

London Symphony Orchestra

Label: Decca Records

Release Date: January 10, 2020