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Bion Tsang


Universal Classics
Release Date: April 14, 2023

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Winnipeg - CLASSIC 107 interview
Interview w/ WGTE
Now Hear This | Great Performances on PBS
1 Casals / El cant dels ocells” for Cello and String Orchestra [04:07]  
2 Tchaikovsky / Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, for Cello and Orchestra [19:25]  
3 Robert Schumann / Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, for Cello and Orchestra Nicht zu schnell [11:19]  
4 Langsam [04:01]  
5 Sehr lebhaft [08:09]  
6 Tchaikovsky / Andante Cantabile, Op. 11, for Cello and String Orchestra [07:03]  
7 Casals / “El cant dels ocells” (  
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In his newest release, cellist Bion Tsang returns to Glasgow, Scotland for his second recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Scott Yoo.  CANTABILE, available from Universal Music Group on digital platforms tomorrow, April 14, and on CD in May 2023, features two works by Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme (Op. 33) and Andante Cantabile (Op. 11), and Schumann’s Cello Concerto, bookended by two renditions of Pablo Casals’ “Song of the Birds.”

CANTABILE opens with Casals’ “Song of the Birds” for cello and orchestra, setting an intention for the album’s romantic arc.  The mood lifts with the elegant and virtuosic Variations on a Rococo Theme of Tchaikovsky, which is followed by the heart-wrenching Schumann Cello Concerto. The beloved, lyrical Andante Cantabile by Tchaikovksy and Tsang’s own arrangement for unaccompanied cello of “Song of the Birds” complete the album.

The making of Tsang’s album appears in Season 4 of PBS Great Performances’ NOW HEAR THIS, an episode devoted to exploring Schumann’s mental health and creativity.  Tsang and Yoo are seen discussing the alterations made to Schumann’s manuscript of the Cello Concerto, which they feel ultimately changed the emotional concept of the original work.  NOW HEAR THIS episode “Schumann: Genius and Madness” premieres April 14 worldwide on PBS (check local listings).

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