It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to choose cello-themed gifts for a special someone, including yourself! No matter what holiday(s) you celebrate, here are some suggestions to help you wrap up your shopping. Have some great ideas you’d like to share? Let us know via our social media channels.
Picks from our 2023 Interviews and Articles
This was an eventful (and productive) year for many outstanding cellists, including several who released new recordings and other publications. Here is a quick list of links to the articles outlining their work, many of which contain video samples or audio previews that can help you plan your gift-giving.
1. Cellist Carmine Miranda and pianist Robert Marler’s album of the Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff Sonatas. Read more about it in our interview with Dr. Miranda here.
6. Another option is cellist and author Janet Horvath’s powerful memoir, The Cello Still Sings: A Generational Story of the Holocaust and of the Transformative Power of Music. Read more about it in our interview here.
Team Member Recommendations
We asked, you answered! These next suggestions come from some of our Cello Museum team members and extended Cello Museum family.
ideas from Brenda Neece
- Support your favorite cellist by sponsoring them to participate in our Simple Gifts Cello Project.
- I always love to try new music—editions by Michele Galvagno (see the links in our weekly newsletters) and Yuriy Leonovich are always top-notch—easy to read and reliable.
- Notebooks—although much of my playing is now done from screens to make score reading and page turns possible, I still love to write in a physical notebook. Plus—it never runs out of battery!
- T-shirts—Most of my work behind the scenes is very casual, and I enjoy wearing Cello Museum T-shirts as they are lightweight and soft—perfect for the climate here in North Carolina. My favorites from this year are our Simple Gifts and our Bach Suite Life designs, though our “ugly sweater” options are fun for the holidays, too.
ideas from Erica Lessie
- Anything by Cassia Harvey!
- A SmartStop rock stop. They come in colorful designs and are very effective.
ideas from Laurence Libin
- Pads of staff-lined and blank note paper with cello motif
- Sets of cello-themed greeting cards—like these in the Cello Museum shop
- Cello-design bookmarks
- T-shirts, of course
ideas from Jonathan Simmons
- Make a free origami cello—this can also be a great way to repurpose those extra bits of wrapping paper!
- Protect an instrument or bow with a second cover while in the case to keep rosin from the bow off the delicate instrument varnish; Gabe is one brand, and I’m sure there are others
- A cello water bottle—I always get compliments on mine
ideas from Renate Kwon
Concert tickets are always a treat—be sure to check your local performing arts centers (large and small) as well as music schools and universities offering public recitals; revisit the Cello Museum’s guide to online cello concerts and events to find out if any amazing musicians might be performing live at a venue near you in the future!
Other Great Gift Ideas for 2023
Here are a few more suggestions to add to your list—or theirs:
Newly discovered recording of the Elgar and Lalo Concertos by Ofra Harnoy.
In April of 1996, Ofra Harnoy entered the venerable Abbey Road Studios in London with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to record Edward Elgar’s great cello concerto. Unfortunately, shortly after this event, the end result did not end up where it was supposed to be and was not released to the public. In fact, the whereabouts of the recording went unknown for quite some time, afterward.
In early 2022, through some diligent searching, the lost recording was located and will not be released paired with Harnoy’s remastered recording of the Édouard Lalo Cello Concerto, on the Sony Classical label. With the help of session notes from and conversations with recording producer Andrew Keener, the 1996 Abbey Road sessions were edited (Mike Herriott) and mastered (Ron Searles).
The result is what will likely be lauded as one of the definitive interpretations of Elgar’s great warhorse for the cello. Described by the New York Times as “born to the instrument”, Ofra Harnoy brings her unmatched passion and virtuoso to Elgar’s masterpiece and final notable composition. Very much influenced by Jacqueline Du Pré’s 1965 recording, and the rare opportunity afforded her to study the work with Ms. Du Pré, in masterclass, Harnoy’s own voice comes to the fore to capture Elgar’s own anguish and heartbreak.
Cellist Raphael Wallfisch, pianist Simon Callaghan, and the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Łukasz Borowicz: Myaskovsky, Lyadov & Rimsky-Korsakov: Cello Works
Cellist Peter Somodari and pianist Nicolas Costantinou: Hedra—works for cello and piano
Cellist Peter Somodari and pianist Nicolas Costantinou present Hedra, an album that takes the listener through key repertoire for cello and piano, from sonatas by Beethoven and Debussy and individual pieces by Faure to a world-premiere recording of the Cello Sonata No 1 by contemporary Greek Cypriot composer Contantinou Y. Stylianou.
The word ‘hedra’ refers to any side or face of a three-dimensional geometric shape. Any given face is not only connected to its neighbours, but together they contribute to and are part of the final shape. Similarly, every musical masterpiece is interconnected with those that follow, as it inevitably contributed to their formation, and this is reflected in the relationship between the works gathered together on this release. – source
Imany’s Voodoo Cello
Links to Previous Lists
2021—there were lots of suggestions that year; the main list is here
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