|From the press:
CROSSINGS: New Music For Cello Album
February 14, 2015
On Crossings, cellist Kate
Dillingham brings energetic artistry to a program of new works. The
recordings highlight, Adagio pour Amantani by Gabriela Lena Frank,
is an expansive and beautiful piece, filled with lyrical cello recitatives and soaring
passages for the piano. Franks harmonic language is intriguingly varied, at some
points incorporating triadic writing while at others delving into more intricate
chromaticism. Crossings does indeed provide an intersection between a
multiplicity of compositional voices and aesthetics. It is unified by the commitment and
considerable capabilities brought to each and every performance on the recording.
Recommended. FULL REVIEW
By Christian B. Carey
Q2 Music Album of the Week
Dedicated Proponent of Music for Cello Goes All New in 'Crossings'
Monday, February 02, 2015
In a world where performers often
find themselves gravitating towards a temporal niche, cellist Kate Dillingham is somewhat
rare as a declared proponent of music she feels strongly about, regardless of when it was
written; she has performed and recorded music ranging from Haydn to Higdon.
One stand-out track on the album is
Yuan-Chen Li's Tiang Jing Sha (Shivering Winds, Serene Sky), in which Dillingham performs
a virtuosic and colorful cello line as accompaniment to her own singing. Her airy and
melodious voice achieves a ghostly, eerie effect that pairs beautifully with Li's timbral
shifts. Another highlight is Federico Garcia de Castro's Chemins: Three Episodes and Aria
for Solo Cello. Dillingham performs the explosive and complex work with energy and
precision, bringing out the contrasting characters of Garcia's writing with apparent
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This is richly rendered music of
its time: disturbing, provocative rhapsodies on quieter moments of internal need and grace
- perfect for the melancholic intelligence of the cello's prized voice.
Notice an unintentional near-theme
in some of the titles, from Almost Within Reach and Shivering Winds, Serene Sky to All I
Ever Wanted, A Dance of Shadows, and Song of the Self. Longing is a kind of unspoken ether
that connects and tones this work in Dillingham's exacting, poised, elegant
performances. FULL INTERVIEW
By Porter Anderson
Review in Ha'aretz:
This is a simply wonderful,
wonderful disc. There is little pleasure better than when a great musician turns their
attention to your ideas, started so humbly in the studio.
By Gabriela Lena Frank, composer
Kate Dillingham, solo cellist, is
an extraordinary performer who displayed musical insight and emotional depth.
~ New Music Connoisseur
An excellent cellist; dignified and
compelling. An adventurous, dedicated champion of contemporary music, she performed with
admirable control, conviction and authority . . . Her technique is solid and reliable . .
. her tone is focused, warm and flexible . . . her musical approach is serious,
intelligent, respectful of the composer and sensitive to style and idiom. Her playing is
concentrated and direct.
By Edith Eisler, New York Concert Review
A notable performance, marked by
sensitive phrasing and nuance control, with an unwavering attention to forward
~ Taconic Press, Saugerties, NY
Her instruments sonorities
were voluptuous and encompassing . . .
~ The Freeman, Kingston, NY
. . . lyrical and songful playing .
~ Kingston News, Kingston, NY
. . . a solo caliber cellist, watch
for this one in future appearances.
~ Bad Sobernheim, Germany
. . . spectacular, exciting,
splendid, clean as a whistle! Excellent, superb!
By Bernard Greenhouse, world renowned cellist and pedagogue, describing Kate's recording
of the Haydn concerti
An informed performance; acrobatic
yet always lyrical, giving the music great strength and a chance to breathe . . .
excellent job, showing a rich, lush tone, dark and chocolate -- just a beautiful sound . .
. Ms. Dillingham and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra The Seasons produce amazing
textures, achieving a taut, forward motion and excitement. A sinewy, strong sound, yet
with transparency. The best of both worlds: a luscious cello sound contrasting with
focused precision and a penetrating tone.
By Gavin Borchert The Beat" KUOW Seattle Public Radio
Jennifer Higdons Soliloquy is
songful and soulful. The solo cello, rich and resonant is at first surrounded by a string
orchestra and emerges and submerges into its melodic contours. Timbres and pitches of the
bass occasionally contrast and the string orchestra finds a lovely world of harmonized
counterpoint, like a tapestry. Kate Dillingham, solo cellist, is an extraordinary
performer who displayed musical insight and emotional depth with this lovely piece.
~ New Music Connoisseur
A beautiful sound -- Five stars.
This the most beautiful, mournful, romantic album I have ever heard. Absolutely marvelous,
~ Caravan Music Promotions, U.K.