If you’re a top cellist at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, you’re probably in a gang. A cello gang, that is. Amit Peled calls the students in his studio the Peabody Cello Gang, and they have a new album.
The album has three very different pieces performed by many different members of the Gang. The centerpiece of the new album is a live performance of David Popper’s Requiem featuring a total of nineteen cellists.
Another piece on the album is Franz Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata. (The arpeggione was a bowed and fretted instrument popular in the early 19th century. Schubert’s sonata for it is usually played on the cello today.) This world premiere arrangement is for cello quartet, featuring Amit Peled on the melody and three student cellists performing the piano part.
Click here to view video of Peled conducting members of the Peabody Cello Gang in a performance of Josef Werner’s Elegie.