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Gerhard Roither’s sophisticated arrangements of seven African-American spirituals were written for The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. Full of wonderful modulations, they take full advantage of the complete tonal range of the cello and all the possibilities that a cello ensemble has to offer. He succeeds in capturing the special atmosphere that hovers over this warm-hearted music.
"While in Salzburg on a tour with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1972, some of the cellists in the orchestra told me that their very successful and recently founded "12 Cellists Cello Ensemble" needed some short pieces for encores. I remembered a record that my mother-in-law had often played for me with four wonderful African American vocalists on it singing spirituals. That was the idea and inspiration for the Seven Spirituals that I then wrote for the Berlin Philharmonic cellists."
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