Caroline Dale

Soul Rests Eternal

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212023228
Catnr: SIGCD 232
Release date: 01 November 2010
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01 November 2010

About the album

The Soul Rests Eternal

These fourteen new works for solo cello and orchestra take the listener on a journey exploring the emotional landscape of grief, bereavement and loss, but also hope, optimism and a celebration of life and human relationships. The music reflects the composer’s personal journey when confronted with the prospect of his own mortality at exactly the moment when a close family member was losing his battle with cancer half a world away. Seen through the twin perspectives of the composer’s standpoint and from a more general, global view, the music is suffused with a sense of love, warmth and hope; the album takes an emotional journey through the everyday – from the immediate to the eternal; the banal to the sublime. It is a reflection of lives lived, however well, however long or briefly – the emotional perspectives range from a mother’s lullaby to an elegy for a lost son; from a celebration of a life ripped from us whilst still rippling with vitality, to a sad yet graceful acceptance of the dying of the light. The impetus for the album came when Mike Sheppard was taken seriously ill in January 2009, and came within hours of dying. Until then a successful musician, then music publisher with his own publishing and production company, he took a hard look at his life and questioned why he hadn’t pursued his real musical passion – composing. He resolved that, if he saw the next day, composing would be his first and only occupation, and this album is the first result of that decision.


Caroline Dale

Caroline studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London (where she was an Associate from the age of 19) and later with the legendary Pierre Fournier in Geneva. At 13 she was a finalist in the first ever BBC Young Musician of the Year, and two years later she was the youngest ever recipient of the Isserlis Scholarship. She has appeared as concerto soloist with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Her concerto engagements with the English Chamber Orchestra include Bermuda Festival, where she played Haydn Concerto in C conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Caroline was a member of the Nigel Kennedy Quartet and the Balanescu Quartet, as well as a founder member of the Apollo Piano Trio. Prior to her appointment as Principal Cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra she was principal of the BT Scottish Ensemble and the LCO. Caroline’s credits include the solo cello music for the films ‘Hilary and Jackie’ (about the life of Jacqueline du Pré), ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ and Dario Marianelli’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and his Oscar-winning score to ‘Atonement’.



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